Meridian Star

New Today

March 21, 2013

How safe is your pet in the car?

Most people don't restrain their pets while traveling, but experts say they should

In an accident, or when the driver slams on the brakes to avoid one, unrestrained pets can be hurt or killed.

An often-cited study by the pet safety organization Paws to Click estimates 30,000 pets are killed each year while riding in a vehicle.

A 2010 survey of 1,000 pet owners by AAA found a third let animals ride in a vehicle unrestrained while 21 percent admitted to letting an animal sit on their lap while they drove.

Safest cars for pets

Automotive site Edmunds.com recently produced a list of what it says are the safest vehicles for pets. It found 10 SUV's, minivans, hatchbacks and wagons that offer the most safety and comfort for animals.

"Not only are these vehicles safe for pets, but they also offer a certain measure of convenience for pet owners," said Edmunds.com Automotive Content Editor Warren Clarke. "And with each one of these vehicles starting at under $35,000, owners won't have to chase their own tails to make ends meet."

On the list are:

  • Dodge Journey — Available features include an in-dash cooler that can be used to store beverages, medicine or pet food.
  • Ford Flex — The crossover offers ample legroom and wide door openings for your pet's easy ingress and egress.
  • GMC Acadia — The Acadia's tri-zone climate control helps monitor temperature in the rear of the vehicle, thus ensuring that pets secured in back aren't exposed to extreme heat
  • Hyundai Tucson — This Hyundai offers privacy glass that helps block the strong rays of the sun.
  • Jeep Liberty — The Jeep brand offers specialized pet travel gear, including crates, carriers and a ramp.
  • Kia Soul — The Soul comes standard with side curtain airbags that can keep both two-legged and four-legged passengers safe in the event of a collision.
  • Mazda 5 — The Mazda 5 has tethers and anchors in both the second and third rows — helpful since pet safety seats need to be secured in the same way as a child's seat.
  • Mitsubishi Outlander — The SUV also boasts fold-flat seating and stowable third-row seats — both of which increase the amount of room available for larger pets.
  • Subaru Tribeca — Pet owners will appreciate the Tribeca's five-star crash test scores, steering-wheel-mounted auxiliary controls and rear back-up camera.
  • Volvo XC70 — The XC70 is available with a Volvo-designed pet barrier, created to remain intact during a collision.

Text Only
New Today
Biz Marquee
New Today
Poll

Do you think the tax free holiday for school clothes and shoes under $100 that began Friday and ends at midnight tonight is needed to help parents of school children?

Yes
Np
     View Results
Facebook
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Palestinians and Israeli Soldiers Clash Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide