Why dogs and passengers are NOT safe when you have the dog in a crate:
A crash test done by Allianz Insurance Company in Germany shows debris flying freely in the test car after the dog crate exploded on impact. The crate was fastened securely in the vehicle with the seatbelt. The crate exploded because the "dummy dog" hit the inside of the crate with such extreme force that the crate opened up and the dog continued to fly out of the car. Remember that any loose object in the car is a potential unguided missile. The real question here should be, "is anyone safe in the car with a dog in a crate"?
Read this testimonial: you will never consider a crate in a vehicle again!
"I just went through a horrifying experience and wanted to share so that others won't make the same mistakes.
We were driving back from the TX Regional Monday morning. Two hours from the show site in southern OK we were driving over a "mountain" on a curve. Going down the hill the trailer started swaying. The trailer was now sliding over the entire northbound lanes. It eventually made the truck fall onto its left side. We continued to slide for some time ending up on an overpass bridge. Jessy, Kaos, Barret, and Bree were in their Ruff Rider Roadie seatbelt harnesses. The Jack Russell Terriers were hanging by their harnesses but not concerned since I do pick them up by their harnesses. I turned toward the back of the truck to check on Elgin. The topper had been torn off. Unfortunately since we were on the bridge many things fell off including Elgin's crate. It was close to a 20' drop. The door came off his vari-kennel and he got out but the drop was so severe he didn't survive.
I will NEVER again crate a dog in the back of a truck even with a topper on it. The seatbelt harnesses really worked (I remember Symantha telling about them saving her dogs when she was involved in a rollover accident). PLEASE KEEP YOUR DOGS IN SEATBELT HARNESSES. We didn't actually roll but it was terrifying as it was. Losing a dog in such a way was devastating. I'm just glad he didn't suffer. DO NOT keep your dogs in the backs of pickups even with a topper on it.
Give your dogs a hug for me. Thanks to everyone who sent emails both through the group and privately. Thanks to those who called. The agility community is incredible. I especially appreciate it because you guys understand how attached I am to my dogs. They mean almost as much to me as my children. They are my children."
Used properly, the Roadie by Ruffrider is the last piece of equipment you ever have to buy.
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