Nothing protects your pet in the event of a crash

Subaru wants to help develop new safety systems to protect pets in the event of a car crash. To do this, the Japanese manufacturer has decided to fund crash tests conducted by the non-profit Center for Pet Safety organization.

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Published on 2013/08/18

Unfortunately, the results obtained so far show that no device properly protects your pet in the event of a collision.

The crash tests performed in a laboratory in Virginia used three dummy dogs representing a 25 pound terrier, a 45 pound border collie and a 75 pound golden retriever. To determine the impact of an accident on each of these three types of dog, the center uses a device typically employed to verify the effectiveness of child safety seats. It is a vehicle platform that accelerates full speed on rails before braking abruptly.

During testing, the three dummies were attached to the back seat with a safety harness for animals that is typically used to prevent your companion from jumping to the front of the car and distracting the driver. The results showed that the harness had a tendency to break during a collision and send the animal hurling forward. As a matter of fact, test results showed that the harnesses had an alarming 100% failure rate.

According to Subaru, the purpose of these tests is to raise awareness about the dangers of transporting animals by car. The manufacturer does not intend, however, to develop new safety devices for animals.

"We'd like to see something developed over time, but it's not really our job. We're trying to do our best to raise the issue," said Dave Sullivan, director of marketing and strategy at Subaru of America.

You can watch a video of the crash test by clicking here.

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