Let’s get it clear: It’s been ‘Crash Tested’! So what?

Let’s get it clear: It’s been ‘Crash Tested’! So what?

You may see in a producers literature that their product has actually been Crash Tested. It is crucial to comprehend there is no one crash test, nor a single screening process like the European NCAP in the vehicle market.

ISO 16840-4 crash test rig for seating system utilizing a surrogate wheelchair

In the wheelchair world, the crash tests for the chairs are covered in ISO 7176-19, the car tie-down systems in the ISO 10542 series, and the seating systems in ISO 16840-4. In the latter, this covers just those postural support devices that are important to the seat. What it likewise checks is the ways of attaching the seating system to a wheelchair, but because the standard utilizes a surrogate wheelchair, the tests give no indicator of how any particular wheelchair might perform in usage with that seating system in a crash test.

You actually require to ask: to what tests, were these relevant to my application, and whether it passed (i.e. is the item Crashworthy?).

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Strength testing of postural assistance gadgets is covered in ISO 16840-3, but these tests relate to items developed for helping the occupants placing in the wheelchair in regular wheelchair use and are not developed for testing gadgets developed as vehicular restraints.

Dr Barend ter Haar has actually been associated with seating and mobility for over 30 years, including lecturing worldwide and establishing worldwide seating standards.

More items can be found at www.beshealthcare.net. If you are interested in getting further information on the subject, please contact barend@beshealthcare.net.

There is no ISO crash test for after-market head restraints (nor headrests, nor head supports): however, the viability of a head assistance utilized in a wheelchair for transportation requires to be covered by a danger evaluation regarding whether the resident is much better secured against the forces experienced in accelerating, braking, or cornering, by head defense, than without.

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What it likewise tests is the methods of connecting the seating system to a wheelchair, however because the standard utilizes a surrogate wheelchair, the tests offer no sign of how any particular wheelchair may perform in use with that seating system in a crash test.

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