The purpose of this method is to test dog crates from an overall perspective concerning the safety of both passengers and dogs in the vehicle in case of a traffic accident.
The test method provides instructions on how the crates should be tested since there is no applicable national or international standard.
The method is divided into three elements, two of them are crash tests and one is a drop test. For the crash tests the crate is mounted in the luggage compartment of a car body and is impacted forwards and rearwards. In the rearward collision test a crash test dummy is used to measure the force that the crate is transforming to the seatback and into the dummy. The drop test shall simulate a roll-over situation, where the crate is released against a flat surface from 70 cm height.
The method evaluates the stiffness and robustness of the crate during a traffic accident. It is necessary to ensure appropriately sized force levels on the backrest without collapsing the crate. After each test element the crate is analyzed and evaluated. The simulated roll-over test checks the strength of the crate at other collision directions in order to ensure that the dog is not thrown out of the crate and the car during the collision and that the crate does not come apart and damage the dog and passengers.
Constructors of dog crates are welcome to contact SP for testing.
More detailed information about the SPCT-method is found in the SPCT-method document on the right hand side of this web site.