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Wheelchair tiedown and occupant restraint loading associated with an adult manual transit wheelchair in rear impact

Zdravko Salipur, MEng; Gina Bertocci, PhD, PE

It is important to provide wheelchair users with appropriate protection during transportation. So far, most research has focused on developing wheelchairs and securement systems that increase safety in case of a frontal crash. Rear-impact crashes may cause different wheelchair and securement system failures than frontal impact crashes. It is therefore important to evaluate how wheelchairs and securement systems that are crashworthy in frontal impact will perform in rear-impact collisions. This study looked at tiedown and occupant restraints loading during a simulated rear-impact crash.

Volume 47 Number 2, 2010
   Pages 143 — 150

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