why do kennel tie-down straps matter?
03-24-201 min read
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We've used our tie-down straps in all of our crash testing. Here's why that matters in the safety equation.
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A critical part of the GUNNER safety equation – both internally and through the Center For Pet Safety – is our Tie-Down Straps.

Crash testing was a critical component to our R&D and impacted the kennel’s final design, and this included our strap system: In that testing, we were also making sure our Gunner Tie-Down Strap Kit passed muster. In our initial crash testing (before the kennel debuted), the original strap accessory actually broke – so Addison went back to the drawing board to make sure we provide straps that can hold the Gunner’s heft with a dog inside too.

The straps we offer on our website today, which debuted with the G1™ as a complementary accessory, have been tested and proven in all of our crash test scenarios. But they’ve also been proven in real-life scenarios and save stories too.

Yes, they are pricier than some you might find shopping around online – but that’s due to the quality construction of these straps:

  • MFG Rated 2,500 Pound Load Capacity Cam Buckle
  • MFG Rated 4,250 Pound Break Strength Nylon Webbing
  • 380 Degree Fahrenheit Melting Point

Whether you use the Gunner straps or not, we always recommends anchoring the kennel to your vehicle through our stainless-steel tie-down pins* – for both your safety, and your dog’s. Why? If you don’t and you are in an accident, you may find 38 lb. of Gunner (the Medium) containing 50 lb. of dog flying around inside your cabin. Or tossed onto the highway. And while Gunner’s proven to protect against even the most unlikely scenarios, this is not the scenario you want.⁠

To see a visual of how we recommend anchoring the straps to your vehicle, go here.

crash tested tie down straps
The Gunner Intermediate at a simulated 30MPH crash. You can see that the tie-down points stay anchored to the kennel, the door stays closed, and the Gunner tie-down straps do NOT break.
Ruffland Crate Crash Test
Another brand’s single-wall rotomolded crate at a simulated 30MPH crash. You can see that the tie-down points break off the crate, one of the doors is ripped open, and the tie-down straps used break.

*Gunner is the only crate with stainless-steel pins that are integrated into the rotomold of the kennel. This ensures that the tie-down points are not also ripped out of the kennel on impact.

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