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Are pet restraints in vehicles effective?

dog in carMore and more, pets are becoming a part of the family and as such, folks are more likely to take them on car trips. Whether it’s a visit to the vet or a family road trip, dogs and cats spend more time in vehicles than ever before.

Are Pet Restraints to be Trusted?

Some dog owners allow their pets to sit on their laps during drives, while others place them in restraint devices they believe will keep their pooches safe. According to new information, however, these restraints aren’t as safe as their manufacturers want you to believe. 

The non-profit watchdog group Center for Pet Safety conducted crash tests in which the safety of a variety of different pet restraints was measured. The results showed that 25 of the 29 tested devices failed in some way.

The restraints the group found that were the most successful are:

  • Sleepypod Clickit Utility
  • Gunner Kennel G1 Intermediate with Strength Rated Anchor Straps
  • Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed with PPRS Handilock
  • PetEgo Jet Set Forma Frame Carrier with ISOFIX-Latch Connection

Harnesses, straps, crates, or other pet restraints that fail not only put your animal at risk, but puts those in the vehicle with you in danger, as well. Animals who aren’t restrained properly can become projectiles and cause serious and grave injuries for those they come in contact with.

Why Aren’t Animal Restraints Safe?

Most pet stores sell devices that claim to keep your beloved pets safe when involved in a crash, but the truth is, no one really knows for sure. Pet products aren’t considered to be consumer products by the Consumer Products Safety Commission, so they aren’t required to meet any regulations, which could be why so many aren’t successful in keeping pets safe.

What Can Pet Owners Do?

Pet owners should never allow their pets to roam their vehicles during trips, no matter how short or quick they are, and restrain them, instead. They should also contact the attorneys of Wayne Wright if they are involved in car accidents in which they are the victims. Our experienced team of legal professionals may be able to get you the financial compensation you deserve. Call us today at 800-237-3334 to schedule an appointment to speak with a lawyer about your situation.