Heated seat cover for dog car seats can burn – a vet
HEATED SEAT COVER FOR DOG CAR SEATS CAN BE FOUND BURNING IN THE CAR SEAT COMPONENTS, A DENTIST SAYS.
A veterinarian who has examined a dog’s heated seat cover at the dog’s owners’ home has found that the foam was “completely scorched,” and that it was “a very, very dangerous situation,” according to the report in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
The vet’s findings came after the owner, an experienced dog owner who had owned a dog for two years, had a heated seat covering tested.
After the test, the owner said she discovered the foam had “burnt through” and was “quite painful” and she had been unable to remove the seat cover, the report said.
The owner was quoted in the report as saying the foam “burned right through” the foam, causing the foam to spread throughout the whole seat cushion.
The seat cover was removed and replaced with a different one.
The owners said the seat cushion “had been burned in every single way.”
The owner told the Journal that the results were disappointing and the vet had warned her about possible injuries, including “a small burn in my leg.”
The report was the latest in a long line of veterinary cases in which heated seat covers have been found to cause damage.
In March, a veterinarian reported that the seat covers of a dog had burned through the foam and caused a foot to break.
And in September, a report said a dog owner had reported that a dog harness heated up to 100 degrees had melted through the seat.
In January, a dog who had been left in a heated car seat was found dead after a “major” fire caused by the seat’s heating source.
A spokesman for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said that the commission has taken action to review the recall, and is now investigating the report’s authors.
“The product should never have been used in the first place,” said the spokesman, Michael Capps.
“It is unacceptable that a product like this could potentially cause injury and death in pets.”
The company behind the product, DogCoat, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A similar incident occurred earlier this year, when a dog with a heated harness was found on the side of a highway in Michigan.