Each Sure-Lok Wheelchair Tie-Down and Occupant Restraint System installation shall be carefully reviewed and tested by the installer to ensure that the specific application is in compliance with local, state and federal regulations governing the installation of Wheelchair Securement and Occupant Restraint Systems.
Sure-Lok Systems shall be installed with the approval of the vehicle and/or seat manufacturer, or an authorized representative, in regards to the location, load forces expected, and method of installation. Sure-Lok Systems shall be installed in accordance with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), as amended.
Sure-Lok does not recommend making alterations of, or substitutions to, any parts or components of the Wheelchair Securement or Occupant Restraint Systems.
- The vehicle floor and sidewall structures, where the system anchorages are attached, shall have equal or greater strength than the system being installed.
- All Sure-Lok Wheelchair Tie-Down Systems shall be used in conjunction with Sure-Lok Occupant Restraint Systems and Track, Floor Plates or Anchoring Hardware.
- All Sure-Lok Systems shall be installed and operated with the occupant in a forward-facing orientation within the vehicle.
- The installation and operation of the system shall be reviewed and approved by a qualified person that has expertise in securing mobility aids and positioning occupant restraints.
- All Sure-Lok Wheelchair Tie-Down and Occupant Restraint Systems, when used as recommended, meet or exceed all applicable industry and government requirements for use with common wheelchairs. Not all wheelchairs are endorsed by their manufacturer for use as an occupant seat during the transportation of an individual in a motor vehicle. Refer to the wheelchair owner's manual or contact the wheelchair manufacturer for their recommendation.
- Sure-Lok Occupant Restraint Lap Belts are designed to bear upon the bony structure of the body and shall be worn low and snug across the front of the pelvis, with the junction between the lap and shoulder belts located near the wearer's hip. The lap belt shall not be worn across the abdominal area, over the mobility aid arm rests, or with the belt assembly twisted. Adjust occupant restraints as firmly as possible consistent with user comfort. The shoulder belt shall be properly extended over the shoulder and across the upper chest or torso of the occupant when connecting it to the lap belt. The shoulder belt shall not be extended across the neck of the occupant.
- Any auxiliary wheelchair equipment should be effectively secured to the wheelchair or removed from the wheelchair and secured in the vehicle during transport so as not to break free and cause injury to vehicle occupants. Also, where ever possible, items attached to the wheelchair in front of the occupant restraint should be removed and secured separately during transportation to prevent potential injury to the wheelchair occupant.
- When installing the strap and belt assemblies, keep them away from sharp edges or corners.
- The securement straps and restraint belts shall be inspected before each use. Any defects, such as cut, frayed, contaminated or damaged webbing, improperly functioning buckles/hardware, and broken/worn parts requires the replacement of the entire strap or belt assembly.
- Any system components, including anchorages, which are suspected to have been in use during an impact from which the vehicle must be towed, should be replaced.
- Environmental conditions such as dirt, mud, oil, sand, solvents, grease, saltwater or excessive sunlight, will reduce the service life and proper functioning of the system.
- Prevent contamination of webbing from chemicals, especially battery acid. Strap and belt webbing may be cleaned with mild soap and water. Rinse fully and dry completely. Care must be taken to keep the straps and belts off the vehicle floor and stored away from direct exposure to sunlight in a clean container when not in use.
- For information regarding proper system operation, refer to the operation instructions included with each system.
- Mechanical components such as cam or ratchet buckles should be periodically lubricated at all moving metal-to-metal joints.
- Any deviation from Sure-Lok's recommendations in regard to system configuration, installation and operation instructions shall be the responsibility of the installer.
Related Links for Wheelchair Tie Downs and Transportation
Below is a list of industry links that may be helpful with any questions or concerns you may have about proper securement of wheelchair tie-downs, local and national events, requirements, and regulations.
Wheelchair Standards Informational Websites
Ride Safe: Information to help you ride more safely while seated in your wheelchair for travel in a van or bus