Wheelchair Van- Sideways


New member
I am wondering the safety logistics to a wheelchair rider in van riding sideways.
The anchor system in the van is set up for the chair to be sideways...


Ambassador - CPS Technician
Does it have a seat belt to go with it? The anchors hold the wheelchair, but there should be a seat belt for the actual restraint of the passenger in the wheelchair.


Admin - CPS Technician
Sideways isn't a great way for people to ride. The human body doesn't handle side impacts well (necks don't naturally bend far sideways, for example), and the few side crash tests I've seen were pretty catastrophic.

Ideally, the person in the wheelchair would be transferred to a regular restraint or seat with seatbelt. I realize that's not always possible in the real world, though.


Admin - CPS Technician
Is it possible to have the van refitted for the chair to face forward? (I'm not too familiar with custom options like that, so I'm not sure how difficult or cost-prohibitive it would be.)

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