Subaru Seeks to Make Car Crashes Safer for Dogs

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Subaru Seeks to Make Car Crashes Safer for Dogs
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Your dog probably doesn’t have a good chance of surviving a severe crash, but Subaru hopes to change that. 

According to a survey conducted by AAA in 2011, only 16 percent of owners restrain their dogs while driving. Even those that do might be wasting their effort. This year, Subaru began funding research by the nonprofit Center for Pet Safety to better understand the dangers of driving with a dog. Among other things, the study found that harnesses often break during a crash. The dog is often send headfirst to the front of the car.

A big part of the problem is that most manufacturers don’t offer strong enough anchor points for the harnesses owners buy for their dogs.

Safety systems designed to protect people are regulated to the point where even something as trivial as a mis-labelled door jamb can be cause for a product recall. Pet safety, on the other hand, is almost entirely ignored, even though a dog can easily distract the driver.

“We’d like to see something developed over time, but it’s not really our job,” Subaru marketing manager Dave Sullivan told Automotive News. “We’re trying to do our best to raise the issue.”

Tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or SAE International could offer a solution to the problem, Sullivan said.

A second round of tests involves a series of simulated crashes using something called an “accelerator sled,” that runs along a track at high speeds and abruptly stops to simulate a crash.

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[Source: Automotive News]

  • smartacus

    Subaru should stick to their plan of destroying the company with new FWD models instead of worrying about dog safety. Dogs aren’t children.

  • sansin

    Subaru should really focus on build quality first. As they focus on crash safety, all other manufacturers are passing them by in build quality and reliability.

  • maxwell

    Pets are like children you ignorant idiot

  • smartacus

    so technically you are committing incest :D

  • I’mNotGivingMyNameToAMachine

    In a accident dogs shown not to be restrained after a accident could be a hazard. Paramedics may not feel safe to get to you or others in the vehicle in time until police arrive to get rid of the dog. Your kid will get a bigger shock seeing their best friend being shot just for trying to protect their pack after a confusing accident. A properly restrained animal could be the seconds it takes to save you or your family’s life. Look for a dog car harness at your local pet store or online. “Unless you’re a online troll looking to start a fight.”

  • smartacus

    i am above passing judgement on anyone’s penchant for bestiality. That is a private matter between you, your doggie, and your priest or ASPCA depending on your religious inclination.