Preliminary Evaluation of Wheelchair Occupant Restraint System Usage in Motor VehiclesBy Van Roosmalen, Linda, PhD; Bertocci, Gina E., PhD; Hobson, Douglas A., PhD; Karg, Patricia, MS; Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, Vol. 39, No. 1, pp. 83-93
Publication Date: January/February 2002
Study evaluates the use and satisfaction of currently installed vehicle-mounted wheelchair occupant restraint systems (WORS) for people who use wheeled mobility devices as seats in motor vehicles. Wheelchair occupant restraint systems generally consist of upper torso and pelvic restraint, and are generally mounted to the structure of transit vehicles to secure individuals within their wheelchair seats. A survey was conducted among 33 adults who use wheeled mobility devices as seats in motor vehicles. Results from the survey show that upper torso and pelvic restraints installed in private vehicles are quick, comfortable, and easy to use. It was also found that WORS installed in mass transit and paratransit are often uncomfortable to wear, difficult to reach, and time-consuming to apply. These results document the need for WORS that are safe, comfortable, and that allow independent usage for wheelchair occupants while traveling in a motor vehicle.
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