Subaru and the Center for Pet Safety to Test Pet Car Safety Restraints

    Subaru and the Center for Pet Safety to Test Pet Car Safety Restraints

- Subaru to fund a quest for the top performing safety restraints so consumers
can keep their best friend as safe as possible on the road

- Lawmakers in Subaru of America's home state of New Jersey are the first to
consider the requirement of pet restraints when riding in vehicles

PR Newswire

CHERRY HILL, N.J., March 5, 2013

CHERRY HILL, N.J., March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Subaru of America, Inc. today
announced a partnership with the Center for Pet Safety, a registered 501(c)(3)
non-profit research and advocacy organization dedicated to companion animal
and consumer safety, to fund testing of pet car safety restraints.

Currently, there are no performance standards or test protocols in the U.S.
for pet travel products. Although many manufacturers claim to test their
products, without test standards, these claims cannot be substantiated.
Together, Subaru and the Center for Pet Safety will create standards for
testing restraints, while announcing those that perform best.

"The Center for Pet Safety conducted a pilot study which showed that the
majority of pet safety restraints currently on the market do not provide
acceptable protection in a crash situation," said Michael McHale, Subaru's
director of corporate communications. "As many of our owners have dogs, we
feel it's our responsibility to help them keep their pets as safe as possible
when they journey with us."

The Center for Pet Safety conducted rigorous crash testing on commonly
available pet safety restraints using realistic, specially designed, crash
test dogs, not live animals. A 55-pound crash dummy dog was used to see how
the seat belts would hold up in a collision at 30 miles per hour, patterning
the same motor vehicle safety standards used to test child seats. Of the four
popular dog car harness brands, none held up in the tests. All of them
demonstrated that they either could lead to plausibly serious or fatal
injuries for not only the canine but driver, too.

"We are thrilled to have the support of Subaru as its love for pets is as deep
as ours," said Lindsey Wolko, Center for Pet safety's founder and CEO. "We
have received requests from all over the world from manufacturers who want
guidance on developing a safer harness and, through this partnership, we can
finally conduct additional testing to help develop a suitable standard,
provide the needed knowledge-base to manufacturers, as well as determine the
top performers."

The Center for Pet Safety is not affiliated with the pet product industry. The
organization uses scientific testing and references Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards to study pet products and establish criteria and test
protocols to measure whether pet safety products provide the protection
claimed by advocates and intended by the manufacturer.

About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries
Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and
distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more
than 600 dealers across the United States. All Subaru products are
manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana
Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated
a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For
additional information visit www.subaru.com.

About the Center for Pet Safety
The Center for Pet Safety (CPS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit research and
advocacy organization dedicated to consumer and companion animal safety.
Based in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, the Center for Pet Safety's
mission is to have an enduring, positive impact on the survivability, health,
safety and well-being of companion animals and the consumer through scientific
research and product testing. For additional information visit
www.CenterforPetSafety.org

SOURCE Subaru of America, Inc.

Website: http://www.subaru.com
Contact: Sheriece Matias, Subaru of America, Inc., +1-856-488-5093,
smat@subaru.com
 
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