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Yes. They are generally unsafe compared to a 6 foot lead. Do a Google search.
Within reason, I am not a fan of retractable leashes and would never trust one on my Goldens. I don't trust a piece of plastic with plastic gears and plastic locks to not break. I'd rather have a quality leather leash.
Where I live, a densely populated suburb of Cleveland, I see people walking their dogs with those and I can see they don't have nearly as good of control walking their one little foo foo dog as I do walking 2 or 3 Goldens on leashes.
Just recently our city dropped their pit bull ban (BSL). Along with that, they rewrote the laws and added a ton of restrictions to dog owners (to get back at the people that fought the city hard for years to repeal the BSL). One of the new laws/ordinances is that retractable leashes are banned. I have mixed feelings about some of the laws, but agree with the retractable leash ban.
I'm told it is actually being enforced. The dog warden, if she/he happens to see you, will stop you, educate you on the new laws and some have even been cited.
Just my dos pesos.
Nellie (RIP), Henry (RIP), Giggles (RIP), Barkley (RIP), Pebbles, and Sandy.