While the Center for Pet Safety has not completed studies on Small Animal Carriers or Pet Booster Seats, we have enough information to provide you with advisories for safety.
Small Animal Carriers (Soft sided carriers, hard sided carriers, including small crates)
DO NOT use the seatbelt to secure your small animal carrier or small crate on the back seat of your vehicle – unless the manufacturer has published crash test video (most of the products on the market have not been crash tested). Instead, CPS recommends that you place the carrier on the floor of the vehicle behind the driver or front passenger seat. While it may feel intuitive that the seatbelt will protect your pet – in reality, if the carrier is not tested or structurally sound, the seatbelt may exert a crushing blow to the carrier in the case of a sudden stop or an accident.
CPS is concerned about the use of Booster Seats for many reasons. First, the majority of attachment connections for these products have not been tested. Additionally, these products place your pet in close proximity to glass, airbags and in line with the heads of adult passengers. Many booster seats come with their own safety harness systems – however, most of those harness products have not been tested by the manufacturers.
Center for Pet Safety will announce the results of the 2015 Pet Travel Seat Pilot Study in October of 2015.
At no time, does the Center for Pet Safety recommend that you place your pet in the front seat of a vehicle or connect a safety device to your dog’s collar or walking harness.