Center for Pet Safety test shows many Dog Seatbelts are Unsafe

dog seatbelts The Center for Pet Safety (CPS) and Subaru recently released a collaborative study that tested the effectiveness of dog seatbelts and harnesses currently out on the market. The pet harness crash tests were designed by CPS which is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit research organization.  The crash tests for dog seatbelts aim to mimic similar tests that are done with child restraints and car seats.

Recognizing the importance of the testing CPS and Subaru teamed up. What the tests found was surprising and concerning even for those dog owners that use dog seatbelts.  (That’s us!)  There are some serious flaws in many of the popular pet restraints currently on the market.  What CPS found was that many do not perform adequately and result in catastrophic failure.

CPS points out that there are currently no performance standards or test protocols in the U.S. for pet restraint systems.  Some manufacturers say they test their products, however without an across the board testing protocol, some claims are difficult to be substantiated.Something that we asked recently was, “Do Dog Seatbelts really Protect your Dog?”   Now we know the answer.

Some might be asking what was the goal of this study?   CPS and Subaru hopes this encourages people to drive safely with their pets and that the performance data will assist in the future design and development of dog seatbelt standard and test protocols that the industry will adopt.  In addition to this study The Center for Pet Safety is currently working on publishing a harness standard study that will be released later this year.

“Most pet owners don’t know the dangers of not properly harnessing their pet while in the car. With nearly half of Subaru drivers also being dog owners, we want them to be as informed as possible.” said Michael McHale, director of communications at Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru and CPS enlisted MGA Research Corporation, an independent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) contracted testing laboratory, to conduct rigorous crash testing on commonly available pet safety harnesses using realistic, specially designed crash test dogs. Testing was performed using multiple, specially designed crash test dogs developed by CPS.

The crash tested dogs ranged in size and weight which included a 25 lb. terrier mix, a 45 lb. border collie and a 75 lb. golden retriever. The life-like dog models provided a realistic representation for testing purposes, similar to the testing conducted for human occupant safety. “I, like many people, consider my dog to be a part of my family, and dogs need to be secured with harnesses that have been tested for safety the same way car seats and seat belts that protect our family members have been tested, both for the pet’s safety as well as the safety of all passengers.”  said Lindsey Wolko, founder and CEO of the Center for Pet Safety.

All harness manufacturers whose products graduated to crash testing in the study were issued courtesy invitations to attend when CPS and Subaru tested their products. Those companies that were unable to attend were contacted with their test results, and several companies are already working to make improvements and enhance quality control. Visit CPS’s website for more info: http://www.CenterforPetSafety.org

Congratulations Jason & Zsaleh!

In honor of my brother Jason getting married today, I made this video.  I had fun making it and I hope people have fun watching it.  We all wish Jason and Zsaleh the best of luck.  Cody and Sierra certainly send their wishes too!  Congratulations!

When You Wish Upon a Star

Here is Cody and Sierra’s latest video.  We do “When You Wish Upon a Star” aka the Disney theme song.  It seems the dogs singing is getting better, as my Saxophone playing is getting slightly worse.  Honestly…. this was a practice version that we got on camera.  Our best songs are not recorded!  Argh!  Also I need to take my saxophone to a woodwind technician for servicing.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!  I hope all the great Moms out there (including mine) had a great day.  Hopefully you were treated to a nice breakfast, outing, or got a nice gift from the family.

I thought I would post this video to show how being a mother is a natural thing.  It’s amazing how sweet Sierra is with her “puppy!”  She carries it around the house, cleans it, plays with it, and washes it throughly.  It’s quite entertaining and fascinating.  Hope you enjoy it.

 

Sierra and Cody sing “The Christmas Song”

As you might have already seen Sierra, my dog, has great singing talents.  I recently did a rendition of the classic The Christmas Song also known as Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire with both Sierra and Cody.  (Cody is hard to hear, but he does sing!)  We also got a good mention on Ohmidog.com, which Sierra and I were featured on awhile ago.

 

 

A Belated Merry Christmas!