Keeping Your Pet Safe in the Car

Car seatbelts for dogs fail in safety tests.
1:31 | 08/12/13

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And if you're planning a car trip, tonight something to give you second thoughts about taking your pet for a ri. A new crash test shows just how dangerous it is even if your dog is strapped in tight, abc's david kerley with the jarring results. Reporter: There isn't a lot that makes a dog happier than lapping up the wind out a car window. More and more owners, though, worried about their pet safety are using restraints. But are they safe? Look at this crash test dummy dog and how the restraint breaks when the brakes are slammed on. Lot of these are failing? Lot of them are failing. Reporter: For the last several months the center iii fete safety using a third party test lab to see thousand restraints on the market actually work. A dummy dog wearing several different versions. The research is being funded by the car company subaru. One half of its owners are also pet owners. My dog loves to sit in the backseat with the window down. The problem with these restraints say the pet safety center and subaru there are no safety standards. No minimums for performance in a car. If you're worried about a product you own, go to the maker's website and look for their test video. Look for the video. You want to contact the manufacturer, find out what weight the product has been tested to and you want to try to find that that will allow the pet to stay on the seat for the entirety of the video. This video wrapping up. The results out this fall could change the debate and the standards for what is safe. David kerley, abc news, washington.

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