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Safety, usability, and independence for wheelchairseated drivers and front-row passengers of private vehicles: A qualitative research study

Linda van Roosmalen, PhD, et al.

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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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
van Roosmalen L, Ritchie Orton N, Schneider L. Safety, usability, and independence for wheelchair-seated drivers and front-row passengers of private vehicles: A qualitative research study. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013;50(2):239–52.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.11.0217
ResearcherID: Linda van Roosmalen, PhD: B-7909-2013
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