Subaru teaming up with the Center for Pet Safety to make your dog’s ride safer

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Subaru has always valued that many of their customers are also dog owners. There most recent advertising campaign featured a salesman who sells cars to dogs. The dog friendly car company now wants to ensure four-legged passengers are safe in their cars. This week it was announced that Subaru of America Inc. is partnering with the non-profit Center for Pet Safety to fund testing of car safety restraints for pets.

Currently no performances standards or test protocols exist in the U.S. for pet travel products. Subaru and the Center for Pet Safety plan to change that by creating standards for testing restraints and also announcing which restraints perform the best.

The Center for Pet Safety is a nonprofit that was started in 2011 by Lindsey Wolko. Many years ago Lindsey was commuting with her dog Maggie in the back seat. On the drive she had to stomp on her brakes and when she looked back Maggie was caught in her harness in pain, Maggie ended up suffering spinal injuries as a result. In 2011 she decided to do something about the injuries Maggie and countless other dogs had suffered because of restraints and founded the nonprofit.

Through their own safety testing on four of the most popular harnesses the Center for Pet Safety found that the restraints do not adequately prevent pets from being injured in crashes, even at speeds as low as 30 mph. Wolko doesn’t blame the manufacturers but the lack of testing, data and standards. Now with Subaru’s help that will change.

This week the Center for Pet Safety and Subaru announced their partnership. “As many of our owners have dogs, we feel it’s our responsibility to help them keep their pets as safe as possible when they journey with us,” said Subaru’s director of corporate communications Michael McHale. With Subaru’s funding the Center of Pet Safety will test 12 different dog harnesses in three separate crash tests by summer.

For more information on the testing visit the Center for Pet Safety’s website.

2 thoughts on “Subaru teaming up with the Center for Pet Safety to make your dog’s ride safer”

  1. This is great news and a long time coming! It would be wonderful to have a type of restraint that would also give the larger sized dogs room to lie down or sit up and look out the window yet still be restrained. This is especially convenient for long trips (7-9 hours drives). I look forward to seeing what Subaru develops.

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  2. I have had a Subaru Forester since 2002. I also have a German Shorthaired Pointer. Subaru came out a few years ago with a metal barrier to keep dogs in the back. It was I feel very poorly designed. Because of the seat belt they had a big piece that jutted out in the trunk and kept hitting the dog when he tried to turn around. I ended up taking it out. My dog rides in the back seat and mostly lies down. If there was a seatbelt that gave the dog room to lie down it would be more comfortable for her. If we could somehow have a longitudinal belt that went across the seat, but had rings on it so the dog could also sit up but would be strapped to the long belt. There could be 2-3 intervals so one could have more than one dog. Just a thought.

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