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:

Adam’s Auto Advice Turns 2 Years-Old Today Along With This 200th Post!

Me and My Dog Cody!

I thought I would share an important milestone with all the fans and readers of my humble blog, Adam's Auto Advice. This blog is now 2 years-old as of today.  Happy Birthday… to myself I guess! 🙂

It's amazing to think that my blog is 2 years old! Honestly it feels like I have been blogging and writing about cars forever, but it really has not been that long.

I look back at all the amazing posts and articles I have written. The articles and posts range from the fun and whacky Charm City Pedal Mill, the interesting Baltimore start-up ParkingPanda, attending the Baltimore Grand Prix, and breaking news about RelayRides. I have even tested automotive products and gone to a few car and auto shows.

Probably the best thing I have written about on this blog was my road trip from Irvine, CA to back to Baltimore.  It was an amazing trip and I hope to do many more road trips and a cross-country road trip again soon.

You know, I started this blog and didn't have set high hopes for my writing but look at me now! I am a full time auto journalist and blogger. I was able to go from writing as a hobby to writing about cars professionally.

Looking back at my first post, and some of my early writing such as this Top Gear editorial my writing has come a long way and fast. I am fortunate to be able to be doing something creative and love what I am doing.

I feel proud of everything I have been accomplished with this blog and other writing I have done.

As well sharing my experience when I appeared on Anderson with Anderson Cooper for the TV show's New Year's Special. I performed “Auld Lange Syne” with my singing dogs, Cody and Sierra, which was an amazing experience which I shared on this blog. (Of course it had nothing to do with cars, but I did drive up to New York-City with my dogs.)

I am glad to have had all these interesting and varied experiences. I hope to share more auto news, advice, tips & tricks, product reviews, with everyone via Adam's Auto Advice. I know I will continue to grow and experience more amazing automotive experiences in the future.

I also appreciate all the people with a shared passion for cars I have meet along my journey. We have exchanged web advice, writing tips, and personal stories of “Auto Awesomeness!”

Someone who deserves credit for my blog is my brother Jason. He helped me get this blog up and running and switch from Blogger to WordPress. He's also helped keep this blog going and updated. Thanks Jason!

I certainly have not crossed everything off on my automotive bucket list. I know I have a lot more great experiences ahead of me.

This is actually my 200th post! I didn't plan that, but it is a happy coincidence.  There will be hundreds of more great articles and posts along the way. I am going to make an effort to post more and most likely shorter articles in the future.

I hope all of you continue to follow my writing and work. Please Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest to keep updated.

I look forwarding to writing about cars and on this blog for many more years.

Watch US On “Anderson” Today!

Hey Everyone,

In case you didn't know… I am going to be on Anderson today with Cody and Sierra!  This the first New Year's Eve Show (don't ask me why it is called that), which Anderson Cooper has done on his new daytime TV show.  It will be an exciting and totally awesome show, mainly because myself and my dogs will be on it.

It will be airing on NBC at 2pm on the EST, but you should check local listings.  Watch for us and then come back and leave a comment and let me know what you think.  I thought we had a good performance!