What exactly is a PupSaver?
The PupSaver is a small dog car safety seat, created for small breed dogs in need of a safe seat for car rides.Harnesses, crates and booster seats are not the safest options for small dogs, since they offer no impact protection in case of accidents or short stops. These so-called "safety" products are really designed with only one safety principle in mind: restraint. Restraint systems are useful only for distraction prevention and for keeping dogs from becoming projectile objects in case of a crash. When we created PupSaver, we wanted more. We wanted our small dogs, our fragile little fur babies, to have a seat comparable to a human baby's car seat! PupSaver offers protection, both for the human occupants of the vehicle and for the pup who is inside it..
How do I use PupSaver?
The PupSaver can be used in the front or back seat and with dogs up to 30 lbs. PupSaver attaches to the seatbelt system in your car using a 5 Point Attachment System. This secures the PupSaver (and your dog) in place and locks the unit into the optimal position for impact, in case of an accident or short stop. Think of it like a rear-facing infant carseat, because that is the style of protection that we tried to emulate when designing the PupSaver.
How does PupSaver work?
The PupSaver acts like a giant catcher's mitt, using your dog's weight and forward momentum to "catch" and hold your pup safely at that brutal moment of impact (or even against the force of a hard stop). Your car's own seatbelt retractor and pretensioner systems will supply the needed mechanism to hold the PupSaver against the seat back - which is the ideal place for them to be in a crash scenario. The soft, yet sturdy, material will absorb the impact and offer protection that is unmatched by harness systems, crates or booster seats.
Is PupSaver Crash Tested?
The PupSaver has passed crash testing, in the U.S., for dogs under 30 lbs. at 30 mph in a frontal impact crash simulation test. MGA Research Corporation uses a test which mirrors the FMVSS 213 - which is the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for testing child safety devices - for the PupSaver crash test simulation. For more information on PupSaver's crash testing, please see the Crash Test Info page.