MIM VarioBarrier Universal Car Cargo Barrier


MIM Variocage



$ 284.95
Product Description

Accidents happen, don't leave their lives to chance...

Protect all of your loved ones.

The only Crash Tested universal cargo barrier in the world

Crash tested according to ISO 27955 

MIM Safe VarioBarrier is part of a system that is integrated and interacts optimally with the built-in crash protection engineering of modern day vehicles.

MIM Safe VarioBarrier provides the best transport safety without any damage to your car when installed and features a universal design that is adjustable and adaptable to fit most vehicles.

MIM Safe VarioBarrier has been tested & approved by the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden using Crash Standard ISO 27955 to assure the safety of all vehicle occupants.

MIM Safe VarioBarrier is a superior quality system that meets or exceeds European vehicle specific car brand barriers with the added advantage that in most cases, it is possible to install in almost any future vehicle you may own because of it’s adjustable structure and design.

MIM Safe VarioBarrier covers most cars on the market with three models available to choose from.

Your car needs to be equipped with load anchors and have a flat floor to place the MIM Safe VarioBarrier

Comes in three models, Small, Medium and Large

  • Designed for the safety of passengers traveling in an SUV, Station Wagon or Van
  • Keeps pets from distracting the driver or becoming a projectile in an accident
  • Protects occupants from loose items in the cargo area during a sudden or abrupt stop
  • Fits most vehicles with a flat floor and anchor points
  • Easy to install / No additional tools needed
  • No alterations to the car required for installation
  • Adjustable height and width
  • Easy to move from one car to the next
  • Designed and produced in Sweden
Sizes and Measurements – Inches

Part #

Size Width Height Shipping Weight
52014 VarioBarrier Small 31.5 – 57.7 26.4 – 39.6 16 lbs
52016 VarioBarrier Medium 31.5 – 57.7 31.5 – 44.7 22 lbs
52056 VarioBarrier Large 37.0 – 63.2 36.2 – 55.0 24lbs

 

Choosing the Right Variocage to Keep Your Pet Safe in the Car

With 4 adjustable models and 14 sizes you can be sure to find one that will not only keep your pet safe but also fit your car. 

Variocage Model Available Sizes Description

Variocage MiniMax

Large (L) The bars in the MIM Safe Variocage MiniMax are closer together to prevent smaller dogs and cats from escaping or poking their heads out between bars during transit. Its small footprint leaves considerable space for additional cargo.

Click here to view the Assembly Guide.

X Large (XL)

Variocage Compact

Compact- Large (L) The MIM Safe Variocage Compact is designed for use in vehicles that have a threshold (or sill) at the rear cargo door. The Variocage Compact features a raised front door which is designed to clear the vehicle’s threshold without requiring special mounting or a platform. Its small footprint leaves considerable space for additional cargo.

Click here to view the Assembly Guide.
Compact- X Large (XL)

Variocage Single

Single-Small (SXS) The Variocage Single is safe and very practical. It is designed to provide protection while leaving sufficient space for other cargo. The flexibility of the MIM Safe Variocage can easily be tailored to the dog and the vehicle by the owner.

Click here to view the Assembly Guide.
Single-Large (L)
Single-X Large (XL)
Single-Max (MAX)

Variocage Double

Double-Small (S) The Variocage Double features a movable center divider that is easily adjustable if one of the dogs needs more space. If you have a large dog or if you want to give a single dog more space, this center divider is easily removed. The flexibility of the MIM Safe Variocage can easily be tailored to the dog and the vehicle by the owner.

Click here to view the Assembly Guide.
Double-Medium (M)
Double-Large (L)
Double-X Large (XL)
Double-XX Large (XXL)
Double-Max (MAX

Variogate Universal Cargo Barrier

Universal Size Use the Variogate to transform your cargo area into a spacious, safe and secure environment for transporting pets. When used with a cargo barrier, such as our Universal TraficGard, the Variogate will create a safe and secure containment area for your loved ones.

Click here to view the Variogate Assembly Guide.
Click here to view the Variogate Divider Assembly Guide.

Variogate TraficGard

Universal Size The Universal TraficGard attaches securely to the headrests of the back seats and adjusts to any angle. Seats can be folded down with the Universal TraficGard in place.

Click here to view the Assembly Guide.

 

This video demonstrates how the Crash Tested Variocage Dog Travel Crate was tested for Front, Rear & Rollover accidents

The Variocage has been Crash Tested to save lives and uses SPCT and ISO Testing & Safety Standards as well as ECE Government Automotive Industry Crash-Test Standards to certify their Dog Transport Cages and Dog Gates.

 

 


This video demonstrates how vehicles are Crash Tested for Safety

Government Automotive Safety Standards are used to test vehicle performance in accidents involving Rollover, Front and Rear impacts. These standards are extremely rigorous and are accepted as the benchmark for vehicle safety engineering and performance worldwide.

Variocage uses SPCT, ISO, DIN and TUV Testing & Safety Standards as well as ECE and FMVSS Government Automotive Industry Crash Test Standards to certify their Pet Safety & Travel Products.

 


This video demonstrates how a Dog Cage that has not been Crash Tested will react in Rollover, Front and Rear accident scenarios

The Variocage has been Crash Tested to save lives and uses SPCT and ISO Testing & Safety Standards as well as ECE Government Automotive Industry Crash Test Standards to certify their Dog Transport Cages and Dog Gates. 

 

 


These videos demonstrate how the AllSafe Crash Tested Pet Safety Harness performs during an accident

 The AllSafe Harness has been Crash Tested to save lives and uses TUV Testing & Safety Standards as well as ECE and FMVSS Government Crash Test Standards to certify their Pet Seat Belt and Pet Harness.

 

  


Safety Links

These links provide general information on crash test standards used to test these products.

Product Test Standards & Information

Safety Testing & Standards

AllSafe Harness

These links provide information on crash test standards we use specific to The Original AllSafe Harness.

Variocage

These links provide information on crash test standards we use specific to The MIM Safe Variocages.

Additional Weblinks

Crash Calculator--Enter the following information in the boxes indicated and the Crash Calculator will fill in the rest.

  • Weight of Dog in Box Marked – lb
  • Speed of Vehicle in Box Marked – mi/hr

What You Don’t Know about Safe Pet Travel that is Endangering Both You and Your Pet

Safe Pet Travel Check List 

Here are some frequently asked questions. If you don't see your question here, contact us!

Will the MIM Safe Variocage fit in my vehicle?

The MIM Safe Variocage is suitable for use in Station Wagons, Minivans, and SUV’s. The Variocage design, features and adjustable length allow it to fit in most suitable vehicles.

The Variocage is angled to match the slope of the back seat and the slope of the rear cargo door. The roof of the crate is also narrower in width than the floor. These features allow for a proper fit in almost all suitable vehicles.

What makes the MIM Safe Variocage the safest animal transport cage on the market?

MIM Safe has developed over 350 crash tested safety products for the automotive industry. All products meet the strict requirements of automotive manufacturers and European regulatory agencies for crash safety. This experience combined with a passion for safety engineering makes MIM Safe a leader in crash tested safety products.

Steel Construction – MIM Safe Variocage is made of steel. Most other cages are made of wire mesh, plastic, or aluminum. These materials do not provide the same level of protection, durability, or strength as the MIM Safe Variocage.

Escape Hatch – MIM Safe Variocage features an emergency escape hatch. This important feature allows you to fold down your rear seats and get your dog out of the cage after a rear end collision. In many cases, especially after a severe impact, the rear hatch or door of a vehicle cannot be opened easily. This critically important feature allows you to get to your dogs, remove them from the vehicle, and if need be, tend to them after a collision.

Crash Tested – MIM Safe Variocage is the only cage on the market that has been tested for both front and rear collisions. Variocage has also been evaluated in a drop test that simulates a vehicle rollover. * * Crash testing & evaluation performed by The Technical Research Institute of Sweden.

Crumple Zone Protection – MIM Safe Variocage is the only cage designed to work with your vehicle’s crumple zone protection. The crash testing and crumple zones are critically important. These help protect both dogs and humans in the car. A rigid cage can be dangerous to both your dog and human occupants in the event of a severe impact.

 

Adjustable Fit – MIM Safe Variocage is designed to be adjustable. The adjustability is not only crucial for safety (crumple zones), but is also allows flexibility for placement in your vehicle or across multiple vehicles.

MIM Safe Variocage will fit your lifestyle and provide you with many years of safe and reliable service. MIM Safe Variocage provides comfort and proven safety for your dog as well as the human occupants in your vehicle. This is a fact that is overlooked by other manufacturers of dog transport cages.

Please feel free to call us and discuss the features, benefits, and advantages of Variocage before you purchase any product designed to protect your loved ones.

How can I choose a Variocage that is the correct size for the safe transport of my dog?

A properly installed Variocage of the correct size offers the best protection available on the market for safe transport of your dog as well as all human occupants in your vehicle.

To assure a proper fit, please use this link to see Variocage sizing and measurement guides. The detailed instructions will provide you with information on how to properly measure your dog and your vehicle for a Variocage.

When measuring your dog, please remember that the Variocage is a transport cage and it is not a kennel. Transport cages serve a specific application and therefore have specific requirements. A kennel is not designed for the safe transport of your dog.

There should be enough room for your dog to stand-up in the cage with just a few inches of clearance above the shoulder. There should also be just a few inches of clearance from the base of the tail (not the tip of the tail) to end of the cage. These clearances are perfectly normal for the Variocage when used for safe transport of your dog.

Professional handlers typically use the correct size cage based on the measuring instructions found Variocage Measuring Your Dog on our website for transporting their dog. Oversized is not necessarily better, especially when it comes to safety.

Typically, your dog will want to lie down in the Variocage once they settle down for the trip. In fact, the design of the Variocage tends to contribute to the dog relaxing and lying down while in motion. This keeps your dog calmer and contributes to their safety as well.

There may be instances when the size of your dog and/or your vehicle may require you to make certain exceptions to the recommendations made above.

Large dogs that exceed the maximum length of the cage may require the use of a Double Variocage versus a Single Variocage, even when traveling alone. The width of a Double Variocage will provide them with the room they require that the length of the cage cannot. Restrictions on the length of the Variocage imposed by your vehicle may also require the use of a Double Variocage to allow enough room for your dog.

Typically, we do not recommend putting a single dog in a larger oversize cage. A larger transport cage is not necessarily as safe for the dog and is not desirable from a safety perspective. However, you can transport several smaller dogs in a larger Variocage as long as they are always traveling together.

How do I calculate the inside dimensions for a Variocage model I am interested in purchasing?

To get estimated interior dimensions for a Variocage, deduct from the outside dimensions as follows: Height 0.60 in Width 1.96 in Depth 2.36 in

NOTE: Please review the measuring instructions and sizing guides on our website to choose the correct Variocage that is best for your dog and your vehicle.

If you are not sure exactly what size you need, going one (1) size larger than indicated by your measurements is an acceptable and safe alternative.

Please review the following measuring and sizing guides before selecting your Variocage: 

Variocage sizing and measurement guides

Variocage Model Comparison and Assembly Guides

What is the correct way to install the MIM Variocage in my vehicle?

MIM Safe Variocage is designed for placement behind the rear seat (or a barrier similar to it) with the sidebars traveling in the direction of the car. This placement allows the cage to work with the car’s crumple zones in the event of a crash.

The Variocage is safest mounted level on a flat surface secured to the floor in your vehicle. It is important to use the straps provided with the Variocage to secure it to the tie-down hooks in your vehicle. These straps are integral to the safety design of the Variocage. The straps are engineered to give way in a severe impact allowing the crumple zone protection of the Variocage to work properly.

Proper use of the Variocage relies on the crumple zone protection designed in to your vehicle and the Variocage. For best safety and by design, the Variocage must be facing lengthwise in the vehicle for maximum protection of both your dog and human occupants. Please make sure you measure your vehicle with this placement and positioning of the Variocage in mind.

Why is it recommended by the manufacturer that the cage be up against a rear seat-back when installed in a vehicle?

MIM Safe Variocage is designed for installation behind the rear seat for added support in the event of a crash. The back seat and the resistance it provides play a critical role in the crumple zone of the Variocage. There are also tie-down straps that come with the cage to keep it secured to your vehicle’s tie-down points. These straps are integral to the safety design of the Variocage. The straps are engineered to give way in a severe impact allowing the crumple zone protection of the Variocage to work properly. If the rear seat is folded down or removed, and only the tie-down straps are used to keep the cage in position, it can present a danger to both your dog and human occupants in the event of a severe impact.

Can the Variocage be installed anywhere else in the vehicle other than behind the rear seat?

MIM Safe Variocage offers the best protection in the event of an impact or rollover when properly installed and secured to the floor behind the rear seat of your vehicle. There are several reasons for this which are outlined here:

In most vehicles, there is a protective plate that covers most of the width and height of the rear seat. This plate is designed to prevent penetration into the rear seating area by the corners of hard or sharp objects being transported in the cargo area thereby helping to protect occupants from serious harm or injury.

The front seats in most vehicles do not have a protective plate. They only have a frame. The frame is designed to withstand impacts but not penetrations by hard or sharp objects. In fact, putting a plate in a front seat might cause damage to rear seat occupants if they were to contact the plate with a body part or their head. The front seat typically allows for some cushioning for human occupants during impact yet still serves to protect front seat occupants from serious harm or injury.

Placing any cage on top of a folded seat that does not fold completely flat into the floor can be hazardous. Any elevated position above the floor increases the risk of penetrating a seat with the base or lower corner of the cage. This position can also apply more force against the upper portion of the front seat, causing it to break. Also, if it is not secured properly to the floor, the cage is more likely to become a projectile in your vehicle placing all human occupants as well as your dog at risk of serious harm or fatal injury.

If you do place a cage behind your front seat, please bear in mind that you are compromising safety when using this location. If you decide to put a cage in this position, please understand you do so at your own risk. MIM Safe Variocage cannot recommend this installation. The cage must be placed up against the rear seat and secured to the floor for the best possible result in the event of a crash.

MIM Safe Variocage has not tested cages for crash protection when placed sideways in a vehicle and properly secured to a floor. Therefore, MIM Safe Variocage cannot recommend this placement since no test data is available for this type of installation.

Placing a cage on a rear seat is never recommended. The cage cannot be properly secured in this location and it places the cage at an unsafe height in the vehicle. MIM Safe Variocage does not recommend this installation in a vehicle.

What if I have a Minivan or SUV with 2nd row captain's chairs?

MIM Safe Variocage can be installed in a Minivan or SUV with the 3rd row seats folded down or removed. The 2nd row captain’s chairs would then act as the rear seat. This should work even if there is a gap between the Two (2) Seats. Please make sure the MIM Safe Variocage is strapped down properly to the anchor points in your vehicle and that you have support from the 2nd row seats for the cage.

Why are the outer poles on the front of the crates shorter than the rest?

The reason for the outer tubes being shorter is to prevent the door from getting caught in the rear entryway opening and to allow the MIM Safe Variocage door to open all the way.

Can I carry two (2) dogs in a double cage and keep them separated from each other?

MIM Safe Variocage includes a removable divider with all Double cages. The divider is adjustable and will partition the cage so you can travel safely with two (2) dogs, one on each side. Also, when traveling with one dog, the other side can be used for luggage, groceries, supplies, and materials storage. In the event of a crash, these objects will be contained and not present a hazard to occupants in the vehicle.

Can I carry more than two (2) dogs in a double cage and is it safe?

MIM Safe Variocage Double Models have only been tested with Two (2) dog dummies. However, if you have several smaller dogs you can transport them if they are all small enough to fit together comfortably in a larger MIM Safe Variocage.

Transporting Two (2) smaller dogs in a larger cage is better than putting One (1) smaller dog in a larger cage. However, if you put a small breed in a Double XXL Cage by itself, and have a crash, the potential for harm is greater. A single dog in a smaller cage is better than a single dog in a larger cage.

Can I use a Double Variocage without the divider to allow more room for a large dog?

Yes. The dog can travel “sideways” in the cage. Owners of larger dogs have purchased Double Cages for big dogs requiring more room. In these cases, they take the divider out. Examples of this would be a large German Shepherd or a Rottweiler.

Are there any breeds you do not recommend putting in the MIM Safe Variocage?

MIM Safe Variocage Single, Double and Compact have not been designed for the very, very small breeds. These dogs are so small that the head of the animal may get stuck between the tubes. This can be a potential cause of injury for the very, very small breeds.

For smaller dogs, as well as cats, we recommend the MIM Safe Variocage MiniMax, which has smaller openings between the bars. The MIM Safe Variocage MiniMax will properly accommodate smaller breeds as well as cats while keeping them safe and secure.

What type of steel is used to make the Variocage?

The type of steel used is ASTM A366. There are a variety of dimensions used throughout the MIM Safe Variocage. The tubes are either 14 or 19 mm in diameter with a thickness of 1.0 mm. The flat steel used for the top and bottom sections have a thickness of 0.7 mm.

Do I need to use the straps that are provided with the Variocage?

Yes! Please make sure the MIM Safe Variocage is strapped down properly to the anchor points in your vehicle behind the 2nd row seats using the supplied straps shipped with your cage. These straps are integral to the safety design of the Variocage. The straps are engineered to give way in a severe impact allowing the crumple zone protection of the Variocage to work properly.

Can the Variocage be used in a Pickup Truck?

Yes, if installed properly, the Variocage can be used in a pickup truck. You must place the Variocage in the bed of the pickup with the back of the cage against the rear of the driver / passenger cabin. The Variocage must be in this position in order to get proper support. This principle is the same as placing the Variocage against a rear seat for support in order to assure the crumple zone of the Variocage will work as designed.

What other information should I know concerning Variocage safety?

A crash can happen at any speed and there are many variables with respect to the circumstances involved in an accident. Predicting every possible scenario and outcome is impossible. Depending on your vehicle, speed and circumstance, it might be possible that nothing can protect all occupants from injury or fatalities. Please drive safely and always use your MIM Safe Variocage for transporting your animals.

What is the Variocage Warranty?

All Variocage products are covered under warrant for three (3) years from date of purchase. To be covered by the warranty, the defect must be an original manufacturing defect. The warranty does not cover any damage, mis-use or modifications by consumers nor does it cover damage from animals, drops, falls or impacts.

MIM Safe Variocage products are not made of stainless steel but all parts are anti-rust treated. MIM Safe Variocage does not warranty the product against rust or corrosion nor are the products recommended for use in harsh environments.

The manufacturer’s obligation under warranty shall be limited to replacement of defective parts or components. The warranty period starts from date of purchase. Warranty claims must be in writing and must include a copy of the original purchase receipt.

Returns require RMA approval. Do not ship products back for warranty repair without proper authorization and a valid RMA Number.

What is the Variocage return policy?

Customers are responsible for ordering the correct size Variocage for their animals and their vehicle. We cannot accept returns for improperly sized Variocage products unless we are clearly at fault for shipping the wrong model or the wrong product.

We provide simple and easy to follow measuring instructions on our website. Please follow these instructions for a proper fit.

Please note that Variocage products are very difficult to re-pack and return without damage. We suggest that you measure your vehicle and your dog to assure you receive the proper size Variocage. However, we are always eager to provide the best customer service so please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Only products with prior approval will be accepted for return. Returned products should be in the original, unopened packaging including the additional cardboard outer-wrap shipping container, which is required to prevent damage during shipping. The original packaging must not be broken or otherwise damaged and the product cannot have any missing or damaged parts.

Claims for damaged returns must be made within 15 days of receipt of your delivery. Do not ship any products back without proper authorization and a valid RMA Number.

Note: Please be aware that Ruff Tough Kennels currently are at a 3 week estimated ship time, if you require an expedited order please contact us before purchase to see if it possible.

Note: All Rhino Dog Kennels Crates are currently out of stock (once available we will update product listings), kennel orders are still available and can be fulfilled by manufacturer. Rhino Dog Kennels are currently estimating a 1 week build time on all new kennel orders.

Shipping Costs:
All orders ship for free in the Continental US.  If you want to ship an item to Alaska or Hawaii, please contact us for shipping quotes. Some items may be available for international shipment, if you are interested please contact us to see if it is possible and to get a shipping quote. 

Order Confirmation:
As soon as you place your order, you will receive an order confirmation e-mail.  This means that we have received your order in our system and pre-authorized your credit card for the purchase.  As soon as we receive your order, we automatically reach out to our suppliers to confirm that it is in stock and available for immediate shipment.  If your item is on backorder or unavailable, we will void the pre-authorization and reach out to you via e-mail.  If your item(s) are available for immediate shipment (within 5 business days unless otherwise noted), we will process the charges and submit the order for shipment.

Order Shipment:

If your order is in stock and we process the charges to your credit card, it will ship within five business days from the date of your order or within the time specified on the product page.  Some products are made-to-order and may have a lead time before the product ships. This will be specified on the product page. 

Our items ship from warehouses all over the US and depending on your order, item(s) will ship either by regular parcel carrier such as Fed Ex, USPS, or UPS (for lighter items), or by freight (for heavier items). 

We will send you tracking information within 24 hours of your order leaving the warehouse to the e-mail address you provide when checking out.  If you do not receive tracking information from us within six business days of your order, feel free to follow up with us at info@heavydutypetcrates.com.

Returns:
You may return any product within 30 days from the original shipment date for a full refund less the original outbound shipping fees (unless otherwise noted in product description or in list below). Product returns may be subject to a restocking charge at manufacturer's discretion.

Items for return must be in new condition, with all original accessories and in the original packaging. The buyer is responsible for any incurred return shipping charges. Once the item has been received in new, unused, and resale-able condition, inside its original packaging, your account will be credited for the item, minus the cost of original outbound shipping.

Returns require an RMA #. Please email returns@heavydutypetcrates.com to receive your RMA # and we will contact you with instructions on how return your order. Any returns received without an RMA # cannot be processed and will not receive a refund.

  • AllSafe Harness Products: 30 Days (must be unopened)
  • Click n Roll Products: 30 days (must be unopened)
  • Crown Pet Products: 7 Days / 20% Restocking Fee for Non-Warranty issues
  • Dakota 283: 30 Days / 30% Restocking Fee 
  • Dynamic Accents: 30 Days / 15% Restocking Fee
  • Majestic Pet Products: 30 Days
  • MIM Variocage: 30 Days (must be unopened)
  • PupSaver products: 30 Days / 20% Restocking Fee
  • Rhino Dog Kennels: 30 Days/ 25% Restocking Fee (must still be palletized, strapped/banded and wrapped)
  • Ruff Tough Kennels: 30 Days/ 10% Restocking Fee
  • SmithBuilt Crates: 30 Days (must be unopened)
  • Zinger: 30 Days / 15% Restocking Fee
Orders for non-stock and custom items are final and are not refundable. Shipping fees are not refundable. Buyers are responsible for all return freight costs

Damages:
Please inspect the packaging of your item(s) when they arrive, if you notice any damage you should make note of it when signing for delivery. If your item(s) do arrived damaged, please send photos to returns@heavydutypetcrates.com and we will process an insurance claim on your behalf.


Cancellations & Refunds:
All orders cancelled after 48 hours are subject to a $20 administration fee, whether or not your order has shipped. If you order has shipped, you (the buyer) will also be responsible for actual return shipping charges. Refunds will only be issued to the original credit card that you use when placing your order.

Note: Please be aware that Ruff Tough Kennels currently are at a 3 week estimated ship time, if you require an expedited order please contact us before purchase to see if it possible.

Note: All Rhino Dog Kennels Crates are currently out of stock (once available we will update product listings), kennel orders are still available and can be fulfilled by manufacturer.  Rhino Dog Kennels are currently estimating 4-5 weeks build time on all new kennel orders.