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Subaru Study; Safest and Most-Dangerous Spots For Pets In Your SUV

Consumers want to keep their pets safe when they travel. See what Subaru recommends for the safest spots for pets in your SUV.


As Subaru is about to roll out their all-new 2019 Ascent family hauler, they want to help customers keep their pets safe in the new 3-Row SUV. Subaru of America, and the Center for Pet Safety (CPS), a non-profit research and consumer advocacy organization, unveiled their recommendations for safe pet travel in SUVs this week. The Japanese automaker who’s goal is passenger safety, is also working on keeping your furry family dog safe too.

Subaru and the pet-advocacy organization say a pet who is not properly secured can become a projectile, resulting in serious injury or worse for both them and the human passengers in the event of a crash. Subaru who sells all-wheel-drive SUVs and CUVs like the Outback, Forester, and Crosstrek, knows over 60 percent of their customers own a dog.

Subaru and CPS analyzed the design and spacing in family vehicles like the new Ascent 7 passenger vehicle with captains chairs, and have identified the safest, and most dangerous, places for pets to travel based on the unique design of 3-row SUVs. To ensure safety for all travelers in a 3-row SUV with captain’s chairs, pets should ideally be secured in the second or third row, and follow this simple guide:

Subaru pet guide

Pets 20 lb. or less can be harnessed or secured in carriers in the 2nd row Captain’s Chair. Larger pets, more than 20 lb., should be properly secured and travel in the 3rd-row bench directly behind one of the Captain’s Chairs. NEVER place your pet on the floor between the Captain’s Chairs in 3-row SUV models, as this could result in the pet becoming a projectile and cause serious injury to both the pet and vehicle passengers. When traveling with both children and pets in a 3-row vehicle with Captain’s Chairs, secure the child in the 2nd row and secure the pet in the 3rd row, on the opposite side of the vehicle as the child.

Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO of Subaru of America, says “As part of our continued support for pet safety, we are proud to once again team up with longstanding partner, Center for Pet Safety, and shine a light on proper practices for traveling with pets in 3-row SUVs like the all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent.

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