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ERIC Number: EJ762213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0046-9157
A Front-Row Seat at a Wheelchair Crash Test: EP Kicks Off Its Wheelchair Transportation Safety Series with a Visit to the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute
Hollingsworth, Jan Carter
Exceptional Parent, v37 n3 p42-43 Mar 2007
The centerpiece of the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) Sled Lab is "the impact sled," as it is called in the business. It's the business of conducting sled impact tests, perhaps better known as crash tests, on all types of wheelchairs and wheelchair seating systems as well as wheelchair tiedowns and occupant-restraint systems (WTORS). These tests evaluate the dynamic performance of these products with respect to their involvement in motor vehicle crashes in accordance with voluntary national and international standards and recommended practices. In this article, the author was invited by Dwight S. Gay, President of Gunnel, Inc., a Millington, Michigan company specializing in custom mobility products, to visit UMTRI to witness this specific crash test. Mr. Gay and his colleague, Mr. Fred Rodes of Performance Health Care Products LTD, have scheduled this crash test at UMTRI to evaluate one of Dwight's wheelchair frames in conjunction with Fred's innovative seating system, the V-Trak.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan