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). The kennel can be tied down in the bed of a truck, the cargo space, or on the backseat.
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.