Center for Pet Studies Names Safest Pet Carriers and Crates

Man’s best friend is a big part of our family. So, it makes sense that when you take a road trip with Spot, you want him to be safe as well.

Subaru of America, Inc. and the Center for Pet Safety (CPS) recently announced the results of their 2015 Crate and Carrier Crashworthiness Studies naming the safest pet crates and carriers in the event of a crash. Crashworthiness was rated based on:

  • Crates and carriers to contain the dog and preventing the animal from becoming a projectile
  • Containment device to remains fully secured at the connection points.

While many crate and carrier manufacturers claim their products are crash-tested and safe for use in a vehicle, there are currently no test protocols or performance standards in the U.S. to substantiate these claims. The data gathered from these studies will assist CPS in formulating these much needed crate and carrier testing and performance standards.

Ranking highest in safety are the Gunner Kennels G1 Intermediate with 8’ Tie Down Straps, PetEgo Forma Frame Jet Set Carrier with ISOFIX-Latch Connection and Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed with PPRS Handilock.

“We at Subaru recognize the importance of keeping the entire family safe on the road, including our beloved pets,” said Michael McHale, Subaru’s director of corporate communications. “Alongside Center for Pet Safety, we are proud to help lead the charge in identifying the best crates and carriers for pet lovers everywhere, while, more importantly, making pet parents aware of the safety measures they can take and the dangers that can occur if they don’t. We recommend that owners choose the right sized crate for their dog, which is generally six inches longer than the body of the dog. We are also pleased that our crossover vehicles, which are award winners themselves for safety, accept most crate and carrier sizes.”

To view the full study results or for more information on how to keep pets safe in vehicles, including best practices and travel tips, visit

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