10 Popular Crash-Tested Dog Harnesses Compared

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When it comes to car harnesses and safety restraints for dogs, the options are seemingly endless. Unfortunately, they’re also unregulated, which means choosing the right car harness for your pup can often be a little daunting. To help, we’ve rounded up a selection of 10 popular crash-tested dog harnesses for comparison and evaluation. Check out our findings below!

10 Popular Crash-Tested Dog Harnesses Compared - Featuring brands such as SleepyPod, Kurgo, ZuGoPet, PetSafe, EzyDog, Sherpa and more.

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Crash-Tested Dog Harnesses - Purchase Considerations

When deciding on a crash-tested dog harness that is right for you and your pooch it’s important to consider the following;

  • Crash-test parameters – for example, the type of test used, the weights/speeds tested, evaluation criteria, and standards used
  • Who performed the testing (and where) – for example, was the harness independently tested by a 3rd-party such as the Center for Pet Safety (CPS) (preferred), or was testing commissioned by the manufacturer, and if so, are the results publicly available (i.e. crash test reports, crash test videos) 
  • The size and weight of your dog
  • Convenience and adaptability
  • Harness fit, adjustability, comfort, and durability
  • Manufacturer guarantees and warranties
  • Any harness limitations in relation to your specific needsdog

10 Popular Crash-Tested Dog Harnesses Compared

Without further ado, check out our findings below…

Image via SleepyPod

1. SLEEPYPOD
Clickit Sport Plus

via Amazon

Crash-test credentials:

  • Certified and independently crash-tested by the Center for Pet Safety for dogs 18-90 lbs
  • Also sled-tested at MGA Research Corp. for SleepyPod using U.S. Child Safety Seat Standard FMVSS 213 (video link), Canada Child Safety Seat Standard CMVSS 213 (video link), and European Union Child Safety Seat Standard ECE R4 (video link)

Other features:

Limitations:

Image via ZuGoPet

2. ZUGOPET
The Rocketeer Pack Multifunctional Harness

via ZuGoPet

Crash-test credentials:

Other features:

Limitations:

Image via SleepyPod

3. SLEEPYPOD
Clickit Terrain Safety Harness

via SleepyPod

Crash-test credentials:

  • Certified and independently crash-tested by the Center for Pet Safety for dogs 18-110 lbs
  • Also sled-tested for SleepyPod using U.S. Child Safety Seat Standard FMVSS 213 (video link), Canada Child Safety Seat Standard CMVSS 213 (video link), and European Union Child Safety Seat Standard ECE R4 (video link)

Other features:

Limitations:

Image via Kurgo

4. KURGO
Enhanced Strength TruFit Smart Harness

via Amazon

Crash-test credentials:

  • Sled-tested by Calspan Corp. for Kurgo
  • Tested using U.S. Child Safety Seat Standard FMVSS 213 (small dog video, medium dog video, large dog video)
  • Criteria tested; ‘remain within applicable head excursion limits’, and ‘maintain structural integrity post-crash’ (BOTH PASSED)
  • Crash-tested for dogs up to 75 lbs

Other features:

Limitations:

Image via Kurgo

5. KURGO
Impact Dog Safety Harness

via Amazon

Crash-test credentials:

  • Sled-tested by Calspan Corp. for Kurgo
  • Tested using U.S. Child Safety Seat Standard FMVSS 213 (small dog video, medium dog video, large dog video)
  • Criteria tested; ‘remain within applicable head excursion limits’, and ‘maintain structural integrity post-crash’ (BOTH PASSED)
  • Crash-tested for dogs up to 108 lbs

Other features:

Limitations:

Image via EzyDog

6. EZYDOG
Drive Dog Car Harness

via Amazon

Crash-test credentials:

  • Sled-tested by Automotive Safety Engineering for EzyDog (small dog video, medium dog video, large dog video)
  • Voluntarily conforms to a combination of global child safety and vehicle interior standards incl. U.S. Child Safety Seat Standard FMVSS 213, Australian Design Rule 42/04 (General Safety Requirements), and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Regulation No. 21 (Interior Fittings)
  • Crash-tested for dogs up to 75 lbs

Other features:

Limitations:

Image via 4×4 North America

7. 4×4 NORTH AMERICA
Original AllSafe Harness

via Amazon

Crash-test credentials:

  • Sled-tested by the German Auto Club at their ADAC Technology Centre for AllSafe against the criteria established in German Standard DIN-75410-2, European standard ECE R-17, and the U.S. Standard FMVSS 213
  • Also tested by the Test and Research Institute of Sweden and the Swedish Veterinary Office, and at MGA Research Corp for AllSafe in the USA
  • Also independently tested at MGA Research Corp for the Center for Pet Safety (FAILED CPS testing when extension tether used, however, results vastly improved when the harness was connected directly to the seat belt – refer to CPS case study findings)
  • Further reading and crash test videos from the manufacturer can be found here
  • Crash-tested for dogs up to 75 lbs

Other features:

Limitations:

Image via Company of Animals

8. COMPANY OF ANIMALS
CarSafe Crash-Tested Dog Harness

via Amazon

Crash-test credentials:

  • Sled-tested at Michigan Transportation Research Institute for the manufacturer (self-certification) using Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for Child Restraint Systems – U.S. FDMVSS 213, and Canadian CMVSS 213 (extra small dog video, small dog video, medium and large dog video)
  • Crash-tested for dogs up to 70 lbs

Other features:

Limitations:

Image via PetSafe

9. PETSAFE (formally Solvit)
HappyRide Safety Harness

via Amazon

Crash-test credentials:

  • Sled-tested for the manufacturer in a DOT-approved facility according to standards set forth in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS-213) and/or Transport Canada SOR (CMVSS213), Child Restraint Systems (crash test video link)
  • Crash-tested for dogs up to 75 lbs

Other features:

Limitations:

Note: In 2013, the original version of this harness (under the Solvit name) failed CPS testing (refer to video here). In a reply to a question on the product page for this harness on the PetSafe website, PetSafe claims that the harness has received many improvements since the 2013 CPS test. There is no evidence of re-testing on the CPS website for the improved harness.

Image via Sherpa

10. SHERPA
Crash-Tested Dog Harness Safety Seat Belt

via Amazon

Crash-test credentials:

  • The manufacturer claims that this harness has been crash-tested for dogs at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute following children’s car seat safety standards, however, no supporting documentation or crash-test videos have been made publicly available
  • Manufacturer claims the harness has been crash-tested for dogs up to 100 lbs

Other features:

Limitations:

NOTE: The Ruffwear Loadup crash-tested dog harness was considered for this ‘crash-tested dog harnesses’ post but not included due to a quality issue/product recall at the time of publishing.

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