Pet Info

Dog Car Harness Failure

Engineers from the NRMA'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.

Watch the video below to view the results of a crash test with an unrestrained pet.


Harness Results

  Purina Roadie   Pass
  Sleepypod Clickit   Pass
  Animates Car Safety Harness   Fail
  Black Dog Car Harness   Fail
  Masterpet 2 in 1 Car Harness   Fail