Dog car harness test

A test of popular pet harnesses reveals that many are ineffective in restraining your pet, even in a low speed collision.
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01.Dog car harness testing


Engineers from the NRMA Insurance's Research Centre have tested six car harnesses for dogs and found only two offer protection for you and your pet in the event of a collision.

An effective harness is critical when travelling with a pet. It keeps the animal safe and restrained and reduces driver distraction caused by the animal moving around inside the vehicle. In a collision, an unrestrained pet could also injure other passengers in the vehicle.

The testing was conducted by dropping weighted harnesses at speeds of up to 35km/h, and the in-car testing was conducted using a specially modified crash test car at speeds of up to 20km/h. Of the six harnesses reported, all but two failed to restrain the 'dummy'. This was due to weak plastic buckles similar to those used on many backpacks.

People who use a dog harness do so to keep their pets safe. However, the testing has shown that most harnesses, while effective at restraining pets, are not safety devices and do little to prevent injury in a common low-speed crash.

NRMA Insurance's dog car harness test results
Harness Result
Purina Roadie Pass
Sleepypod Clickit Pass
Animates Car Safety Harness Fail
Black Dog Car Harness Fail
Masterpet 2 in 1 Car Harness Fail
Rudducks Car Harness Fail

*Information provided by NRMA Insurance's Research Centre

Want more information?

For more information, go to the NRMA Insurance website. You can also take a look at our Car safety and advice section.


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