Wheelchair tie-downs prevent movement during transportation. They keep your wheelchair safe and secure for travel. Some tie-down systems can also make it safe for you to stay in your wheelchair while riding in the car or on the bus.
What kinds of wheelchair tie downs are there?
Manual Restraint System
Wheelchair tie-downs are usually a series of ratchet style devices. They come in fully manual and semi-automatic retractable designs. These products are available from companies like Q’straint, as pictured. You can contact them to learn who installs tie-downs in your area.
Electronic Restraint System
The lock and release mechanism of a wheelchair tie-down system can also be controlled through your car’s electrical system. The straps are tightened automatically. This might be more convenient in small spaces.
Unoccupied Wheelchair Restraint
It is important that your chair is secure in case of a sudden stop or accident. Docking systems are available to fasten your wheelchair in the center of the vehicle. This position lets you transfer into the driver or passenger seat. These systems are not to be used while you are riding in your wheelchair. Learn more about Unoccupied Wheelchair Restraint at BraunAbility. There are also carriers that secure your wheelchair or scooter on a rack outside the vehicle, like the unique Chair Topper system for independent drivers!
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