There has been a lot of talk on TV this week regarding the effectiveness of safety harnesses for dogs in cars.
Earlier this week, NRMA released their independent test results Paws and secure your puppy | NRMA Insurance which stated that over 90% of dog harnesses failed testing and did little to prevent injury in a common low speed crash.
Head of NRMA Research, Robert McDonald said "Just as you restrain a child in the car, we want to urge all dog owners to consider these results and ensure their furry friend is secured safely when travelling in the car."
An effective harness is critical when travelling with a pet as it keeps the animal safe and restrained and avoids the driver being distracted while driving with the animal moving around inside the vehicle.
In a collision, an unrestrained pet also has the potential to injure the other passengers in the vehicle.
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Sleepypod's Clickit Utility was only one of two car safety harnesses approved by the NRMA which contained adjustable buckles and webbing which stood up to the 35km/hr drop test and in-car low speed crash test up to 20km/hr.
Clickit Utility is the first dog safety harness to incorporate three-points of attachment to absorb force in a frontal collision by dissipating energy and keep the dog in the car seat during an impact
The design of the Clickit is similar in concept to the three-point seatbelt seatbelt required in all vehicles. Straps enclosed in Clickit Utility's broad, padded vest, hug the upper torso of a dog to absorb forward movement, while belts anchor the lower torso and reduce forward and lateral movement.
The three-point design that secures the dog in its space diminishes the opportunity for collision with parts of the vehicle and passengers, and reduces the chance for traumatic injuries associated with one-point dog safety harness designs that either catapult a dog's torso forward into anything in it's path like front seats, passengers and even windows, or submarine the dog meaning to catapult the dog's lower torso forward into anything in its path.
Unlike traditional one-point dog safety harnesses, Clickit Utility’s unique three-point design reduces damaging forces and keeps the upper and lower torso controlled and restrained. Upon impact, breakaway slide buckles and shoulder adjustment straps are designed to break or slide to decrease damaging forces by decelerating the force while the dog remains restrained by the primary harness structure. The harness structure’s primary seat belt webbing and hardware absorb the shifted and decelerated force.
In combination, the wide-webbed harness structure and vest promote even distribution of force across the dog’s chest to lessen the chance of injury. A combination of tethers and shoulder belts create a synergistic effect to hold the dog securely. All critical safety components were static tensile tested and determined Clickit Utility’s strength classification to be superior strength.
“In researching and testing a range of safety harnesses currently available in the marketplace, we were shocked by crash tests results and injury possibilities,” says Greg Mote a product designer and Sleepypod owner. “Sleepypod knew there had to be another way to secure a dog while reducing injury. After many designs and multiple crash tests we found our three-point safety harness design yielded superior results. Crash test results show that unlike traditional one-point safety harness designs, Clickit Utility not only keeps a dog from becoming a projectile, it keeps a dog’s upper and lower torsos in the car seat during impact thereby improving overall dog safety.”
Clickit Utility’s three-point design is intended for use in the rear passenger seat.
View crash test footage at Sleepypod Crash Test Success - Clickit Utility Dog Safety Harness - YouTube
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