Crash Test Dummies & Car Seat Covers

dog in carBack in May, I wrote about Kurgo Harness and how delighted I was that it fit Magical-Dawg. At the time, I also included information about the crash tests conducted by the Center for Pet Safety Studies. Since that time, I’ve received the latest results on follow-up tests, as well as a Kurgo Bench Seat Cover to review.

See how all that ties in together? 🙂 Anyway, I’m late posting about the updated info as well as the seat cover, and beg forgivness. My excuse–I’ve been at deadline on the next pet-centric thriller (actually, I need to add something in there about pet safety in vehicles…you’ll have to read the book to get that reference), and also it’s been too dang HOT to have Magical-Dawg in the car to fully test the seat cover. So today, this is sort of a make-up blog to combine all together.

I am not being compensated for writing this post. Kurgo provided me with a free seat cover in exchange for an honest review. Kurgo is not responsible for the content of this article.


Image courtesy of Kurgo.

I received the Universal Fit Kurgo Bench Seat Cover for my Toyota Camri, list price $45. My first impressions were the material is soil resistant canvas with a plastic backing to make it waterproof. It comes in either charcoal or tan, and looks very nice.There’s a Velcro-close pocket in the seat back and front bottom of the seat supposedly for doggy storage items. There also are Velcro openings for seatbelts to come through, important when using the Kurgo Harness or another crash-tested product to keep your pet safe. It’s recommended to hand wash with cold water and mild detergent or on “gentle” with front load washing machines, and to hang dry.

This is a great product for keeping hair, mud, or other bodily insults off the car upholstery. Because it is a “universal” size, for my car the fit is loose and slides around a bit. There are elastic tie-downs for each bottom/side of the seat, and elastic loops to hook over each headrest. Essentially, the cover hangs from the headrests and drapes over the seat. An exuberant pooch could get it scrunched up. That said, for cars with back seats that fold down, the additional back-of-seat attachment would augment security. The Kurgo Bench Seat Cover is a solid and quality option for toting your dog around. Do be cognizant of size differences and read the reviews on the site, since different car “benches” may not fit as well as others.


Images courtesy of CPS

Center for Pet Safety Studies: Update

“After our findings in 2013 [on harness safety], we were eager to continue working to bring accountability to the pet products industry, while highlighting the products that will help improve safety for the entire family during their travels together,” said Lindsey Wolko, Founder and CEO of Center for Pet Safety. The 2015 Crate and Carrier Crashworthiness Studies evaluated leading crates and carriers advertised to be crash tested and/or recommended for use in a vehicle. No live animals are used during these tests. Instead, the tests employed specially-designed crash test dogs that approximated the size and weight of real dogs.
CPS-Subaru-3-300x200Many manufacturers claim their products are crash-tested, safe and even protective for your pet, but today there are no substantiating tests or standards in the U.S. The data gathered from these studies will assist CPS in formulating crate and carrier testing and performance standards. Four crates and eight carriers were evaluated, and on July 24, 2015 CPS announced that three top products emerged in the tests:CPS-Subaru-5-300x200

TOP CRATE: Gunner Kennels G1 Intermediate with 8’ Tie Down Straps

TOP CARRIERS: PetEgo Forma Frame Jet Set Carrier with ISOFIX-Latch Connection and Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed with PPRS Handilock

The full product performance report studies can be found at You can also now look for the logo (on the left) for products that have been certified safe by the Center for Pet Safety.

Do you use a harness, crate or carrier in your car when traveling with your pets? What about dealing with the mess, do you have a seat cover? How often do you take your cats and dogs for car rides? Do tell!

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Crash Test Dummies & Car Seat Covers — 2 Comments

  1. It is so hard to believe there isn’t already substantiating tests or standards in the U.S. in place to show if pet crates and carriers meant for use in our vehicles are actually crash-tested, safe and even protective for our pets. I am glad though reading now that the Center for Pet Safety is formulating tests for these purposes so we can find out if the products that claim to keep our pets safe actually work.

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