A survey and observational study was conducted on issues related to occupant restraint (seat belt) system usage and wheelchair securement device usage among wheelchair-seated drivers and front-row passengers in private vehicles. Usability and accessibility issues related to seatbelt and wheelchair securement technology were revealed, suggesting that wheelchair-seated occupants travel with a higher risk of serious injury in vehicle crashes than that of front-row occupants seated in original equipment manufacturer (OEM) vehicle seats and using OEM seatbelts. Study results indicate the need for passive occupant restraint devices and improved torso support for wheelchair-seated drivers to maintain a posture that allows for effective vehicle control.
Volume 50 Number 2, 2013
Pages 239 — 252
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