Subaru Funds Study on Pet Safety

By: Erika Mansourian

Did you know that 56% of American pet owners travel with their pets and yet one in five admit to traveling with a pet in their lap? In light of these stats, Subaru will continue its support of pet safety and crash testing of pet safety products through its partnership with the Center for Pet Safety (CPS), a research and consumer advocacy organization. (CPS is not affiliated with the pet product industry.)

CPS will test pet crates and small carriers in crash situations. The study will include an investigation of crate connection options for pet owners who travel with their pets, as well as examine crate and carrier structural integrity, and gather data necessary to formulate testing and crate performance standards.

The partnership continues the work that began in 2013 with the testing by CPS of pet harnesses. The resulting Harness Crashworthiness Study uncovered major differences in performance of popular pet restraints, with many resulting in catastrophic failure that could cause serious injury to both the pet and vehicle passengers. The goal of the study was to highlight the importance of driving safely with pets and to complete the first formal test protocol and independent ratings guidelines for pet travel harnesses, published by CPS in 2014. Results can be viewed at www.CenterforPetSafety.org;

“We want to make pet owners aware of proper safety measures they can take to help protect their pets. Following the previous study with CPS, we were delighted to support this next stage in testing,” said Michael McHale, Subaru's director of corporate communications. “Pet safety is very important to Subaru as more than half of Subaru drivers are pet owners, with over 69% of them owning at least one dog. We feel a sense of responsibility to inform pet parents of safety measures they can take.”

Subaru and CPS will once again use realistic, specially-designed crash test dogs. The results, including a crate-sizing guide and best practice for securing pets in vehicles, will be shared later this summer.

View video of the crash testing visit

“No performance standards or test protocols currently exist in the U.S. for pet crates or carriers, and while many pet safety product manufacturers claim to test their products, they can’t be substantiated without uniform test standards and protocols,” said Lindsey Wolko, Center for Pet Safety’s founder and CEO. “We are very excited to once again have the support of Subaru, allowing the independent examination of pet crates and carriers. Subaru understands the importance of safety of all passengers including our four-legged friends.”

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