As much as I love drivers who make an effort to secure their pets in the car – meaning well could be the opposite of doing good.
Should you use a seat belt for your dog, your beloved pup might actually be in danger.
True, seat belts prevent dogs from moving around in the car and thereby reduce distraction. They cannot, however, make sure that your pet doesn’t become a projectile in the case of an accident.
The manufacturers of pet restraints aren’t legally required to crash test their products before launching them on the market. That’s why we, as consumers, can never be sure whether the restraint will actually do its job and keep our pooches safe.
The Center for Pet Safety is the only research and consumer advocacy organization I know of that regularly tests harnesses and seat belts in standardized crash tests. So far, no dog seat belt has been approved. Nevertheless, there’s a harness that attaches to the car’s seat belt and met all safety requirements.
The main problem is the low quality of the dog seat belt that can be ordered online for as little as $ 8. During the tests, they ripped, tore and stretched. Some of the metal tongues could easily be bent and released the dogs, providing no safety at all. Others got stuck in the buckle and thereby damaged the car.
Crash test dummies sit still, of course. Pups that move around on the seat can step on the buckle and thereby release the metal tongue.
In a real accident, a dog that is thrown around the vehicle might suffer broken bones, internal injuries and severe trauma. What’s more, the impact of the dog will most probably injure the people in the car, too.
It makes me really sad that consumers are fooled into buying so-called safety equipment that doesn’t deserve its name. There are far better options out there that actually work – for the safety of your two- and four-legged family members.
What’s your opinion on dog seat belts? Have you come across misleading pet safety promises? Please leave me a comment. Thanks! 🙂 Ellie