A 7-year-old girl in Washington falls to the floor and suffers minor injuries while still in her wheelchair, which was not properly secured.
Key improvements include accommodations for transporting smaller children, more stringent crash testing of wheelchair tiedowns for wheelchair-anchored lap belts, a logo that identifies equipment that meets standards, and pass/fail ratings for proper seat belt use.
Iowa’s Charlene Beaderstadt drove school buses for 30 years before retiring. Four months later, she was back on a yellow bus, this time attending to special-needs students.
The Marion and Fremont districts each receive two Lion buses, both utilizing the 42-inch seat option. Meanwhile, Huber Heights orders the first wheelchair-accessible Lion unit.
The Titan800, a new wheelchair securement retractor in the existing Titan product line, is designed to meet the latest WC18 industry regulations, which take effect December 2015, company officials said.
Taking first in the 18th National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo were school bus driver Lisa Gadway and attendant Greg McGoff.
The wheelchair securement retractor is designed to meet the latest WC18 industry regulations, which take effect in December 2015.
The two-day event in November will provide hands-on education in how to properly use and operate Q'Straint and Sure-Lok products for school transportation. The company covers hotel, ground transportation and meals during training.
The new WC18 standards will take effect December 2015. Q’Straint has developed the QRT-360, the first retractor to comply with the standards, according to the supplier.
The three children on a Copperas Cove (Texas) Independent School District bus are restrained in their wheelchairs when the bus is broadsided by a car. They are left hanging upside down and have to be cut free of their restraints, but they, along with the bus driver and attendant, only sustain minor injuries.
The company's new facility is aimed at advancing the safety and effectiveness of wheelchair passenger travel. It includes a HYGE crash simulation system and Phantom high-speed cameras to help study the dynamics in a crash environment as they relate to wheelchair passengers.
The company is showcasing its new wheelchair retractor tie-down system during the Transporting Students with Disabilities conference in Nashville, Tenn. Q'Straint officials say that the QRT-360 is the first retractor to meet the higher-strength requirements of the WC18 standards.
The company exhibits its QRT-360 wheelchair retractor tie-down system for the mobility market at the National Mobility Equipment Dealer’s Association Conference. Q’Straint officials say that the QRT-360 is the first retractor to meet the higher-strength requirements of the WC18 standards.