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Pet car harnesses may not prevent injuries in crashes

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Car harnesses claiming to protect pets in vehicle crashes may not be as safe as the manufacturers claim, according to a Good Morning America report.

The Center for Pet Safety, in partnership with Subaru of America, tested seven popular pet car harness brands, but found that only two provided adequate protection.

Testers say the top-performing product in its study was Sleepypod’s Clickit utility harness, according to the Good Morning America report.

Manufacturers claim to test their products but there are not uniform standards across the pet safety  industry.

Though uniformity is still needed, experts say owners should restrain pets with a crate or a seatbelt harness while driving. These measures offer some protection to the animal and may prevent the pets from becoming human-injuring projectiles during crashes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A SEVEN ON YOUR SIDE CONSUMER ALERT ABOUT PET SAFETY.
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MANY TRAVEL EXPERTS RECOMMEND THINGS LIKE HARNESSES AND CRATES TO KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE WHILE RIDING IN THE CAR.
BUT A GOOD MORNING AMERICA INVESTIGATION REVEALS NOT ALL OF THOSE SAFETY PRODUCTS PROVIDE THE PROTECTION THEY CLAIM.
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THE CENTER FOR PET SAFETY TESTED SEVEN POPULAR PRODUCTS IN CRASH SIMULATIONS WITH STUFFED ANIMAL DOGS.
ONLY TWO BRANDS PROVIDED ADEQUATE PROTECTION.
MANUFACTURERS CLAIM TO TEST THEIR PRODUCTS, BUT THERE ARE CURRENTLY
NO UNIFORM PERFORMANCE STANDARDS.

 

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