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Evaluation of scooters using ANSI/RESNA standards

Ana E. Souza, PhD, PT, et al.

Scooters are popular mobility devices. To date, only one study has looked at how stable the scooters are according to standard tests. Our study looked at 12 three-wheeled scooters, and most of them had different results on each standard test. Smaller scooters were more unstable and tended to fall to the side easily during sharp turns. Half the scooters did not survive the time equivalent to 5 years of use as required by the standards. Our results indicate that those commercially available scooters may not meet the standard requirements and suggest revision of framework requirements, such as using a test dummy according to the device weight capacity and adding tests to evaluate the scooter's tiller to ensure that these devices are safe and durable.

Volume 50 Number 7, 2013
   Pages 1017 — 1034

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Souza AE, Pearlman JL, Cooper R, Kelleher A, Gebrosky B, Cooper RA. Evaluation of scooters using ANSI/RESNA standards. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013;50(7): 1017–34.

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