Mobility and More: Wheelchair Transportation SafetyBy Buning, Mary-Ellen; PN: Paraplegia News, Vol. 62, No. 5, pp. 44-45
Publication Date: May 2008
Article discusses measures to insure personal safety when using a wheelchair as a vehicle seat. Whether using a wheelchair as a seat in a personally owned modified van, paratransit vehicle, fixed-route public transit bus, or urban light rail, the following measures must be taken to insure passenger safety: (1) Chairs must be secured to the floor using crash-tested securement straps or docking stations; and (2) Passengers must be kept safe in their seats with vehicle-mounted occupant safety belts. Also discussed is the importance of choosing wheelchairs crash-tested according to standards established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This article is the first in a series on wheelchair transportation safety by contributors working on a federally supported research project, the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Wheelchair Transportation Safety (RERCWTS).
Published by: PVA Publications (Website:http://www.pvamagazines.com)
Paralyzed Veterans of America (Web Site: http://www.pva.org )
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J55167