The animal safety group Bark Buckle UP and Edmunds.com have put together a list of the top 10 2009 vehicles for pet safety.
According to Bark Buckle UP, a 60-pound unrestrained dog can become a 2,700-pound projectile in an accident at just 35 mph.
Christina Selter, Bark Buckle UP Founder and Pet Safety Expert, says even the calmest, unrestrained pets can become frightened in a moving vehicle, distract the driver and cause an accident.
"In the event of a sudden stop or accident, the animal can injure other passengers or be thrown through the windshield, then hinder the efforts of rescue workers or even cause another accident by escaping into the street," she said. "We don't question the importance of seat belts for human passengers, and we should always provide the same protection for our pets."
The top 10 vehicles: the Dodge Journey, Ford Flex, GMC Adacia, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Liberty, Mazda 5, Mitsubishi Outlander, Subaru Tribeca and Volvo XC70.