Car Seat America is calling for a ban on dog-seat seats and other “unnecessary, unproven, and potentially dangerous equipment” on new car rental vehicles.
The National Car Rental Association (NCA) has released its 2018 Car Seat Safety Guide, which warns that seat belts, which are typically used for children, can cause serious injuries.
“If you’re going to have a dog, you should also have a child in the car,” NCA President and CEO Rob Ducharme told CNN.
If you’ve been paying attention, you may have heard of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Dog and Cat Medical Safety Guide.
That guide contains some of the same recommendations that were outlined in the Car Seat American Safety Guide as well as its dog-safety guidelines.
But while it contains the same list of safety recommendations, it’s not a dog-safe guide.
It was released back in 2017.
This year, the NCA is taking a different approach.
While the dog-care industry is in a bit of a slump, NCA officials say they’re not letting up on their focus on safety.
They’re now urging car owners to get rid of their old car seats and to instead consider using a seatbelt for your pet.
“It’s important to remember that we don’t know exactly how many people will be injured, how many pets will be killed, how much damage will be done, or how much will be saved,” said NCA CEO Rob Dunlap.
“The answer to that is you can prevent at least some serious injuries and even deaths from getting to you and potentially save some lives, so we’re not saying we’re doing it to protect animals, we’re saying we need to make sure that the people who are doing this right are doing it right.”
The NCA says it’s working on a car seat that uses a battery, which could make it safer.