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Extension Tether Advisory

Center for Pet Safety restricts brands offering extension tethers from participating in the CPS Certified program.

  1. In our research we have learned that harness extension tethers actually violate passenger safety principals and negate crashworthiness claims.
  2. We have received reports from pet owners who had their dog connected with an extension tether – and the results were devastating to the pet – and subsequently the family.  These are expensive and painful injuries.  Some pet owners have spent tens of thousands of dollars to reclaim their pet from a crash because an improper restraint was used.
  3. Pets are essentially “clothes-lined” by extension tethers – they launch forward and snap back with the spine incurring the most damage.  Reports of paralysis, blunt force trauma – and in some cases the spine has been damaged so severely that the internal organs could no longer function and the dog had to be humanely euthanized.   Here’s one example that clearly illustrates what happens – Click Here for Case Study

At Center for Pet Safety we take the safety of you, your family and your pets seriously.

We see products being promoted on Amazon and Facebook (and other social media outlets) that tell you the extension tether will protect your pet.  Most, if not all, of these products are untested, and the manufacturer is simply trying to get you to part with your hard-earned money.

Even well-known pet product brands offer extension tethers and zipline-style products as add-on accessories.  While they may have completed some due-diligence on the harness, these add-on devices negate the crash protection benefit of using the harness.

To confirm if a brand has passed testing and received a CPS Certification please check our website.

Remember, there is a reason that the Easy Baby Car Belt is no longer an acceptable solution for children riding in vehicles.  Why would you think your pet would be safe using an extension tether?

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