When transporting one cat I put the carrier on the passenger seat (with the front grill facing me). When transporting both, somebody gets the back seat (with the carrier similarly facing the center of the car). I never gave this much thought until reading a news article about an auto accident that mentioned, in passing, that two cats had died (no further details). That got me wondering about safe transport.
Carriers, being not people-shaped, don't interact well with the seatbelts in my car. Should I be doing something to "belt in" the carriers, and if so what? Or should I be thinking of doing something to the carriers themselves (what?) to reduce damage to the cat if a carrier were to go flying? Would the passenger airbag deploying be a good thing or a bad thing? Would everybody be better off if I put the carriers in the hatchback of my Honda Fit instead of on seats?