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Features February 2016 Issue

Pet Carriers and Crates Claim

The test dog pictured here went through the back panel of the crate, which rebounded on impact and tumbled from the test platform. It a

Pet Carriers and Crates Claim

Many dog carriers and crates are said by their makers to have passed a safety test to protect your pet in a car accident. But they have not — at least not a test that carries any weight. Only a few products truly pass muster.

No small number of manufacturers of pet carriers and crates claim their products have been tested for crashes and therefore offer protection for your dog in the event of a collision, but how safe are these items, really? Not very, according to results of the 2015 Crate and Carrier Crashworthiness Studies, which were the combined work of the Center for Pet Safety, a non-profit research and consumer advocacy organization, and Subaru of America, Inc.

“While many crate and carrier manufacturers claim their products are crash-tested and safe for use in a vehicle, there are currently no test protocols or performance standards in the U.S. to substantiate these claims,” says a joint press release from the two …

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