There are many factors that contribute to the safety of our product; one of those are the stainless-steel tie-down pins that allow you to anchor your kennel to any vehicle with our Tie-Down Strap Kit accessory. Gunner always recommends securing the crate: in the case of an accident, you want to ensure the kennel isn't being thrown out of the car (or onto any passengers).
Here are the two aspects about the tie-down system that make the biggest difference:
- The anchors on the four corners of the G1™ are 1/2" thick stainless steel pins. When we were crash testing the kennel prior to initial release, we realized that certain forces would be too great for its original anchor component – so Addison went back and sourced thicker, stronger pins made of stainless steel, to ensure they would be able to withstand certain impact.
- Our tie-down pins are intentionally built into the kennel: as the G1™ cools, we insert the stainless steel components at the four corners, in order to ensure they're fully part of the safety system. Most other crates out there offer (add-on) aluminum brackets – that are not integrated in the same way – which are liable to rip out with enough force or impact.