Safety in Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles
At MoveMobility, we are always excited to assist our clients with a new wheelchair accessible vehicle. We believe it is important that buyers make an informed purchase (read the blog here: Purchasing Accessible Vehicles from Mobility Experts). Whether the van is used in a personal or commercial application, there are many factors to consider for a wheelchair accessible van purchase, such as the size of the van, rear entry or side entry, new or used, and of course the color.
While these are all important considerations when purchasing a wheelchair accessible van, our top priority with every van that we provide is passenger safety.
Top Priority: Safety
All of MoveMobility’s vehicles have been successfully crash tested to ensure they meet and exceed National Compliance Regulations set by Transport Canada and FMVSS/CMVSS (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards). The safety standards we enforce include wheelchair occupant restraint systems, intended for passengers who ride in their wheelchair in the vehicle.
Wheelchairs are normally designed and tested for use in an accessible vehicle when positioned with four certified wheelchair restraints, which easily attach to the wheelchair and vehicle serving as seatbelts. If you are in the market for an accessible van, we can help you determine which type of restraint system will best suit the wheelchair(s) you will be transporting.
Compliant Wheelchair Restraint Systems
Safety restraints are the law and can prevent injuries in the event of a motor vehicle accident or sudden stop. As with any vehicle, seatbelts must be properly secured and fastened across the passenger’s chest, should and pelvis before the vehicle is driven. Wheelchair passengers must wear a shoulder strap that is attached to the vehicle and caregivers should take precautions by checking equipment for rips, tears or twists. A lap-only seatbelt is not a sufficient restraint system for those in wheelchairs.
When delivering a new accessible van, MoveMobility provides training on how to safely secure wheelchair(s) in the vehicle. If you have an accessible vehicle and would like information or training on how to safely secure passengers in a wheelchair, contact MoveMobility today or read the blog here.
- The pelvic and shoulder restraints are used in the crash tests and both belts are recommended for use during transport.
- Restraints should be 30 mph frontal crash tested to confirm the performance of the wheelchair tiedown and restraint systems.
- Tiedown straps should be designed to be compatible with the wheelchair being transported to ensure passenger safety.
- Wheelchair securement equipment should be permanently labeled as certified for use in a motor vehicle. Instructions and/or warnings must be provided.
Why Do We Need Wheelchair Restraint Systems?
Wheelchair accessible vehicles are modified to provide the space needed for wheelchair entry and maneuverability. This interior space is necessary to provide a means to safely secure wheelchair passengers in the vehicle to prevent the wheelchair user from colliding with the vehicle structure in the case of an accident. Wheelchair securement systems are mandatory to stabilize the wheelchair passenger.
As a caregiver, fleet manager, or wheelchair passenger, you can rest assured that all wheelchair restraint systems recommended by MoveMobility are developed by the highest safety standards.
For questions and additional information, contact MoveMobility by calling 888-657-4010.