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Thank You for your time! My sister has an older BMW convertible 90's or 80's. When she has her dog in the car she places the handle of the leash through the parking brake handle located in b/w the 2 front seats. I think this is very dangerous. The dog is a 2 yr old pit, weighing 45-50lbs. She usually drives w/the top down and if the brake get's pulled up by either the dog trying jump out of the vehicle-which it is never done (yet) or b/c of an accident, I predict disaster for the her, the dog, car and perhaps other motorists. She thinks I am wrong and tying the dog to the brake handle is a safe practice, which will prevent it from jumping or being thrown out of the car during an accident. Please give us your opinion! Sincerely, "Puppy" Parking Brake Battle (Los Angeles)

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Divine, Your sister obviously loves her dog a lot that she would go to the trouble of tying her dog's leash to the parking brake. And you obviously love your sister a lot to take the time to write in about this. There are some great dog harnesses that were created for keeping dogs safe in a car. I would suggest that you check out these websites to see what they offer. and here is a website where the author reviews various dog restraints: Using a restraint that was made for dogs and cars would be way better for the dog, your sister, her car and fellow drivers. All My Best, Amy Mattinat

Jennifer Frey, Automotive Service Writer and Technician at Hello Divine, I would have to agree with you that wrapping anything around the parking brake is a dangerous practice. Because the parking brake applies the rear brakes when pulled, very dangerous things could happen if it gets pulled by accident,(especially at high speeds!). Because you can never be too careful where driving is concerned, I would advise your sister to find another way to restrain the dog. Probably the safest thing, would be to purchase a special safety belt for the dog. It*s like a 5 point harness that keeps the pup strapped close to the seats. True, the dog can't romp around in the car, but it's a small price to pay for safety. Maybe if you told her that she shouldn't do it because you love her and the dog, and just want them to be safe. After all, you can never predict what will happen out there on the road, (and you can never predict what a dog will do!). Best of luck! Jennifer Frey

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