Crash Test ISO 7176-19:2001 – The reasoning behind crash testing for wheelchairs
If you are a wheelchair user and wish to travel in a car, taxi or wheelchair accessible vehicle, the safest option is to transfer out of your wheelchair and into one of the cars seats.
This may not always be practical, or possible, for many wheelchair users. If you need to travel in your wheelchair it’s important that the vehicle is equipped with the correct wheelchair tie-down and occupant restraints. These WTOR’s must be certified to the ISO-10542 requirement that certifies they have withstood, and passed, a simulated crash test. All vehicles with tie downs to this requirement are then entitled to carry a person seated in their own wheelchair while traveling.
The actual wheelchair must also have passed a simulated crash test to confirm that they are capable of withstanding the force of a crash without crumpling or disintegrating. The certification for wheelchairs that have undergone, and passed, a crash test is covered under ISO 7176:19-2001. All wheelchairs traveling in any vehicle while occupied by the wheelchair user must have passed this requirement. Taxi’s and other public vehicles cannot carry an occupied wheelchair user in a chair that has not passed the above crash testing. Wheelchair manufacturers models that have passed this requirement will have stickers on the base frame illustration that the wheelchair has met the requirements as well as directing where the tie-downs should be attached.
If you are a travelling in an occupied wheelchair it can also be worthwhile to use a headrest that can be attached as an additional part to the back of the wheelchair. This is not compulsory but will give additional security and safety, minimising the risk of whiplash in the event of an accident.
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