Responsible pet owners know how important it is to keep their pets secure when they travel in the car with you. That’s why the Lady I rescued knew that once we started going on long road trips I needed some kind of protection in the car. Kurgo, known for its innovative and high-quality pet travel products, had the right car safety dog harness for us with some great features which we used for years. But, last year Kurgo introduced the first crash-tested impact dog harness. Kurgo’s next generation of crash-tested car harness, based on eight years of engineering car harnesses, is a totally new harness design. It uses a single piece of high tensile tubular webbing with reinforced bar tacking and purposely built for car safety and your dog’s comfort.
To our knowledge Kurgo has the only impact dog harness that passed a crash safety test. Kurgo tested their harness at the University of Michigan Transportation Lab, an accredited National Highway Traffic Safety Administration facility, using Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 213 for child restraint systems. Which makes sense, right? Us dogs are your children and Kurgo believes in protecting dogs riding in the car as much as children.
Features of Kurgo’s Impact Dog Harness
- Lightweight, integrates with your car seat belt system, no additional seat belts, straps or attachments necessary
- Constructed of a single piece of 4,000 pound tubular webbing with all-steel nesting buckles
- Design reduces pitching forward in case of impact
- Four adjustment points for a perfect fit on all shapes and sizes
- Broad, padded chest plate for extra protection and comfort
- Machine washable, line dry
The Lady and dog daddy Brad found the impact dog harness very easy to put on and fit. I’m wearing a medium for dogs 25 to 50lbs (11-23 kg) even though I weigh 24lbs. The four nesting buckles were easy to adjust for a perfect fit, especially around my broad chest. The harness is extremely sturdy with padding that makes it comfortable to wear. Once on the back seat of our car dog daddy simply put the seat belt harness through the straps and clicked it secure. The harness holds me in one place which is what you want to keep your dog safe. When not in the car the straps attach to the harness and there’s a hook to attach a leash. You can easily take you dog out of the car for breaks without removing the harness. One thing I miss about my other Kurgo car harness is that it attached to a zip line and I had freedom to move around in the back seat, and even stand on the arm rest to ride shot-gun. But, any hard stop and I ended up on the floor, which is why the impact car harness is a much safer option.
Despite all the pros, we do have a few cons, but it’s based on my body type, which is long. So I have a little more junk in the trunk behind where the harness ends than most dogs. If you have a smaller, long body dog, it might be better to use another form of restraint. Dachshunds are a lot smaller than me and could easily use a booster seat, but they are not crash tested for safety like the impact dog harness. The impact dog harness is crash tested for dogs up to 130 pounds in a size large. The harness retails for $75 and is available in sizes small, medium and large.
Please visit this page at Kurgo.com for additional information on the crash test reports and videos. You’ll find the links at the bottom of the page.
Dolly the Doxie and the Lady she rescued, receive a Kurgo impact dog harness at no charge and in exchange for our testing and reviewing the product. Dolly the Doxie only provides information we feel is worthwhile to our readers.