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The Japanese automaker is usually involved in crash testing, but this time around it looked a bit different at the thing – teaming with the Center for Pet Safety (CPS) to find the most effective pet harness.

Using methods similar to those used to test human safety devices, the pair determined that Sleepypod’s Clickit Utility Harness was the top performer in 2013.

“Sleepypod has been researching and crash testing pet safety restraints in autos for six years because we’re serious about safety,” said Michael Leung, Sleepypod co-founder and product designer. “We admire CPS and Subaru for conducting this study on behalf of pet owners and use the CPS testing protocols as an extension of our own safety program.”

“Safety for all passengers, including our pets, is very important to Subaru and to our drivers. Selecting the wrong harness could be just as detrimental as not using one at all,” said Michael McHale, director of communications at Subaru of America, Inc. “Most pet owners don’t know the dangers of not properly harnessing their pet while in the car. With nearly half of Subaru drivers also being dog owners, we want them to be as informed as possible.”

Currently, there are no performance standards or test protocols in the U.S. for pet travel products. MGA Research Corp., an independent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration-contracted testing laboratory, conducted the tests for Subaru’s study on commonly available pet safety harnesses using specially designed crash test dogs.