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Students not seriously injured when bus overturns

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.

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Q'Straint opens new research facility with crash simulator

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.

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Q'Straint displays QRT-360 retractor at TSD conference

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.

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Q’Straint launches new retractor at mobility conference

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.

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Q'Straint names 2 new regional sales managers

Mitch Drouillard is appointed southern regional sales manager for the transit and rail market segment for Q’Straint. Don Eaton is named western regional sales manager for the transit and rail market segment.

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2 dismissed after disabled student left on bus

Missouri officials say that a school bus driver and an aide left a nonverbal 19-year-old in her wheelchair on the bus and then found her at the end of the school day. School staff gave the student fluids and checked her vital signs before taking her home.

Victoria Arlen, a gold medal-winning para-athlete swimmer, explained how she has overcome her struggles with paralysis to succeed.
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Web exclusive: Bonus coverage of NAPT sessions

Here's the scoop on several engaging sessions at the National Association for Pupil Transportation's 2013 Summit in Grand Rapids, Mich. Topics include school bus loading and unloading safety, Medicaid reimbursement, and overcoming the challenges of a disability.

To comply with the new WC18 standard, wheelchair tie-downs or other securement devices must pass two different dynamic strength tests.
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New standards target stronger wheelchair tie-downs, increased safety

New safety standards for wheelchairs and tie-downs promise to improve transportation safety for people who must use their wheelchair as the passenger seat when riding in a car, van or bus. Here’s an overview of the WC18 and WC19 standards and the enhanced testing they require.

The QRT-360 wheelchair retractor tie-down system meets the higher-strength requirements of WC18 that take effect in December 2015.
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New Q’Straint retractor meets WC18 standard

The QRT-360 wheelchair retractor tie-down system meets the higher-strength requirements of WC18 that take effect in December 2015. At that time, compliance with WC18 will require frontal-impact sled testing of the wheelchair tie-down system with a crash-test dummy restrained by a three-point, lap-shoulder belt with a lap belt anchored to the 187-lb. surrogate wheelchair, such that a large percentage of the wheelchair-passenger restraint forces are transmitted to the rear tie-down straps.

The maintenance department at Pennsylvania’s Upper Merion Area School District built this mock-up of a bus floor with retractable straps for securing a wheelchair. The training tool enables bus drivers and aides to easily view and practice the procedure.
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Bus floor mock-up built for wheelchair tiedown training

The floor features retractable straps for securing a wheelchair in a bus. The supervisor of transportation for Pennsylvania’s Upper Merion Area School District conceived the idea, and Director of Operations Frederick Remelius tells SBF that it has enabled bus drivers and aides to easily practice the procedure several times in the training area instead of having to do it inside a crowded bus.

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Para-athlete to serve as Q’Straint brand ambassador

Victoria Arlen is a gold medal-winning para-athlete swimmer who participated in and received top honors at last summer’s Paralympic Games in London, and she was recently chosen to participate in the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships in Montreal in August. Arlen, whose personal mobility vehicle is equipped with Q’Straint retractors, will appear in Q’Straint ads in national trade publications.

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Colorado team wins special-needs roadeo

Myra Walstead and Jesse Hill from Academy School District 20 take first place in the annual National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo. The runner-up teams hail from Georgia and California.

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New Canadian sales manager for Q’Straint, Sure-Lok

Paul Faucher brings more than 26 years of business experience to the wheelchair and occupant securement suppliers. He is also an accomplished athlete, having competed in short track speed skating in Canada and the U.S.

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