MIMsafe's VarioCage saves life of German shorthaired pointer in serious car accident.
“You have saved Hera's life, and we are truly grateful,” says dog owner Hanna.
The accident was very serious. Hanna and Hera were travelling down the road at dawn in early June this year when the accident occurred.
The car flipped, ending up on its side with the driver's door down. Hanna had to crawl out through the passenger door of her VW Passat Alltrack.
“Once I got out of the car, my nerves were really on edge in those few seconds until I made my way to Hera's cage. It was completely quiet back there and I was expecting the worst.”
But once she caught sight of her beloved Hera, all her worries fell away.
“There were so many thoughts going through my head, and then I saw her eyes. She was alive! I am so grateful we chose MIMsafe's VarioCage model. We made the choice because it of its ability to withstand impact from all directions and this is exactly what happened when the car flipped. Once again, we are extremely grateful.”
The cage worked just as it should. It had compressed thanks to its deformation zone, because the less space the dog has in the cage in a collision, the safer the dog according to MIMsafe's crash tests.
“All our crash tests are conducted with the Safe Pet Crate Test method, making us unique among cage makers,” says MIM Construction's CEO Gert Olofsson “These tests are carried out in actual car bodies so we can really see how our cages will perform in a crash. We also conduct further extensive testing to ensure that the cage is as safe as possible, so it naturally feels especially good when we can see that the cage has done its job in protecting Hera and the rest of the family.”
The cage's other safety systems also worked properly and once the rescue team arrived, they had to remove the crumpled rear hatch to get Hera out.
“Making sure that cage parts don't come loose in a collision and that rear-seat passengers are safe has been a primary focus in our development work,” Gert Olofsson adds. “The built-in deformation zone in our VarioCage cage prevents serious injuries to those riding in the back seat, both from cage parts penetrating the backrest, as well as parts passing above seat edges at the neck, all for the safety of both people and their dogs.”
“Hanna's neck pain after the accident was gone after a week or so, and Hera was examined by a vet who determined that she had no injuries at all.
Both Hanna and her partner are now looking forward to the autumn hunt with Hera.
“What a wonderful feeling it will be to hunt with Hera after what happened,” says Hanna. “We've come closer to her after the accident and want to get out as much as we can with her now.”
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