Stay Safe with Adaptive Seating and Wheelchair Restraints
Whether you’re driving from your wheelchair or riding in the back with the rest of the family, proper seating options and wheelchair restraint solutions are crucial to remaining safe while operating an adaptive vehicle.
There are two popular power seat bases available for conversions; the four-way and six-way power seat bases.
- The four-way power seat base has a motorized action for the back and forth adjustment. This aids in transferring from or two the wheelchair or the van seat and it provides motorized rotation and forward or back movement. Some seat bases even provide up and down movement for height adjustment.
- The six-way power seat base includes all of the functions of the four-way power seat base, plus a motorized swivel. This seat base is used by individuals with limited muscle control in the upper extremities.
- Manual Restraint (“Tie-Down”) Manual restraints require caregiver assistance for drivers or passengers with disabilities in order to ensure proper securement and safety. The most popular manual tie-down systems are the four point tie-downs; which are secured at four points of the wheelchair, thus making it a safer restraint.
- Electric Restraint (or Power Restraint) Designed for individuals who are unable to fasten the manual systems, the electric system has one device mounted on the floor of the van and one mounted on the bottom of the wheelchair. When the device on the wheelchair is properly fitted into the one on the floor there is an audible click. This means that the chair is safely locked in place. Electric models also have a buzzer and/or light to indicate safe locking.
Note: A seat belt and/or shoulder restraint should always be used with any tie-down system. Never depend on wheelchair locks (brakes) alone for safety when driving or being transported!
Be sure to consult a NMEDA Dealer Member for all your automotive needs.