With all the hiking and camping we do long car rides are inevitable, and I was recently approached by Kurgo to test and review the impact dog car harness. And to be honest it really got me thinking, well I sat down and I did some serious research on dog harnesses for the car and also traveling safely with my dogs. We wear seat belts, only makes sense for your dog to be properly restrained, after watching video after video of other car harnesses failing and then seeing the dog (crash dummy dog) fly through the air made my heart sink. Not only would my dog be seriously injured or perish in an event of a crash but my daughter, husband or I would be greatly injured due to the dog then becoming a projectile.
The Kurgo Impact Dog Harness is based on 8 years of engineering dog car harnesses, the Impact Harness is a totally new harness design using a single piece of high tensile tubular webbing with reinforced bar tacking.
Key Features of the Kurgo Impact Dog Harness
- Crash tested at an established University testing facility using the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for child restraint systems.
- Lightweight and integrates directly with your car seatbelt 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 excursion (pitching forward) in case of impact
- With 4 adjustment points makes it easy for a perfect fit on all shapes and sizes
- A nice wide, padded chest plate for extra protection and comfort
- Machine washable. Air dry.
How to fit harness to your dog
- Release the nesting buckles and loosen the straps to easily fit your dog
- Then pull the harness over your dog, passing his head through the neck straps. The back pad should be on his back and the chest pad (with the Kurgo logo) should be on the front.
- One at a time, pull your dog’s legs through the loops formed by the restraint and chest straps.
- Refasten the nesting buckles
- Adjust all straps to fit dog snuggly but not super tight.
How to attach in the car
- Load your dog into the backseat and put them into a sit stay
- Then pull the seatbelt down and pass it through both of the restraint straps on the back of the harness (the two large loops)
- Connect seatbelt into slot as normal
Sizing for the Kurgo Impact Dog Car Harness is determined by the dog’s weight.
Small: 10-25 pounds or 5-11 kilograms
Medium: 25-50 pounds or 11-23 kilograms
Large: 50-80 pounds or 23-36 kilograms
XL: 80-110 pounds or 36-50 kilograms
Crash Testing Information
This harness has been tested at an established University testing facility using the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for child restraint systems. It has been tested for dogs up to 130 pounds. See below for a link to the crash test report and videos.
- Crash Test Report – 75 lb dog
- Crash Test Report – 130 lb dog
- Crash Test Video-75 lb dog – Dogs in these videos are weighted toy dogs. No animals were used in testing.
- Crash Test Video-130 lb dog – Dogs in these videos are weighted toy dogs. No animals were used in testing.
Some tips to make sure your dog stays safe in the car when traveling
- Dogs shouldn’t roam in the car, the safest way for your dog to travel in the car is in a crate that has been anchored to the vehicle using a seatbelt or other secure means. Dog restraints or seat belts are useful for preventing your dog from roaming around the car and being a distraction to the driver, but they haven’t been reliably shown to protect dogs during a crash.
- Leave the front seat for humans, keep your pet in the back seat of the car. If an airbag deploys while your pet is in the passenger seat (even in a crate), it might injure your pet.
- Keep those heads inside, Dogs and cats should always be kept safely inside the car. Pets who are allowed to stick their heads out the window can be injured by particles of debris or made sick by having cold air forced into their lungs. Never transport a pet in the back of an open pickup truck.
- Give your pet plenty of rest stops, stop frequently to allow your pet to exercise and eliminate. But never permit your pet to leave the car without a collar, ID tag and leash.
- Don’t ever leave your pet alone in a car, A quick pit stop may feel like no time at all to you, but it’s too long to leave your pet in a car by themselves. Heat is a serious hazard: when it’s 72 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 116 degrees within an hour. On an 85-degree day, even with the windows slightly open, the temperature inside your car can reach 102 degrees in just 10 minutes. Even if you’re certain of your timing, you can get held up — in just 30 minutes, you could return to a 120 degree car and a pet suffering irreversible organ damage or death.
Overall I could see this harness being a valuable piece of gear when traveling with your dog whether your dog is rambunctious or a seasoned traveler making sure your dog is safe when traveling should always be the main priority. I am also curious on seeing how a high-quality crate would work as well, stayed tuned for a review in the future for that.