Road trips with your pup just got a little safer, thanks to a new pack of crash-test dummy dogs. Partnering with Subaru, the Center for Pet Safety in Virginia used the dummies—which stimulated dogs from a 25-pound terrier to a 75-pound golden retriever—to test out seven different pet harnesses. Findings released last week “uncovered serious flaws in many of the popular pet restraints…with many resulting in catastrophic failure.”
“Selecting the wrong harness could be just as detrimental as not using one at all,” claims Michael Michale, Director of Communications at Subaru of America. While pet owners may get giddy at Fido hanging his head out of the window, pet advocacy groups insist this is a serious danger to both pet and passengers during a crash.
Thankfully, the center is pushing for harness safety standards in the pet industry—and has deemed Sleepypod’s Clickit Utility Harness a high-scoring belt to keep our furry friends safe in the meantime.
Maria Pedone is on the digital team at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @mariapedestrian.