• Mr. Nuts avatar Mr. Nuts Posted: 7/3/2012 12:07am PDT

    A little off topic, but I'd like to stress the need for a carrier that will protect the animal in the event of an accident. A leather carrier, belted into place, works for cats and small dogs.

  • fb_100000203363627 avatar Dawn Posted: 7/2/2012 6:46am PDT

    I've heard airbags are not safe for dogs. Are curtain side airbags different? Can you share the specific source where you confirmed that these types of airbags are okay for dogs? The links you provided don't say much about dogs at all.

  • suzannekane avatar suzannekane Posted: 7/2/2012 9:55am PDT

    Dawn - Thanks for the question, and it's a good one. For source, click on the link in the story above "safety technology features" that appears in #5 - side curtain airbags. James Bell, head of General Motors consumer affairs gave us an interview at the 2012 New York Auto Show, where he talked about the specific safety development of side curtain airbags at GM -- which protect people as well as pets. Thanks for your question.

  • hiptech avatar hiptech Posted: 7/1/2012 3:43pm PDT

    Actually there is more...

    1. Separate climate zone with rear A/C vents near the animal (dogs are always warmer than humans).

    2. Integrated platform that elevates and permits small breeds to see out with safety harness anchor points.

    3. Integrated storage compartments with sealable & removable containers for kibble, treats, wipes, doggie bags, toys leashes, collars, etc. and of course... the "BusyBee."

    4. Separate compartment (temp controlled) for drinking water with rotating (think gerbil bottle) spout so dog can drink without a bowl (we trained ours to drink from one).

    5. Heat & sun reflective window tint.

    We had a Shih-Tzu for over 18 years and traveled everywhere with her. Geez, doesn't anyone in the auto industry own a pet?!

  • suzannekane avatar suzannekane Posted: 7/2/2012 9:50am PDT

    Hy Per - You certainly know how to treat your Shi Tzu well. Looking at the estimates of "owned" dogs (and cats), it would certainly appear that there are a lot of vehicle owners who also have pets -- at least one, at that. Thanks for the additions.

  • USAFANG67 avatar USAFANG67 Posted: 7/1/2012 10:59am PDT

    A couple I can think of right off the top of my head is taking my dog out for a walk especially when it's raining out and paying for the vet bills :-)