1. After the wheelchair is boarded on your vehicle, position it in the wheelchair
station facing straightforward.
2. Center passenger and wheelchair in a rectangle that is formed by the four anchor points on the floor.
3. Once in place, lock the wheel locks and turn off power on electric chairs.
4. Find appropriate attachment points on the chair. They must be on a rigid frame member and near the level of the seat, if possible.
5. Once you have located a good solid frame member, mark the location for future reference for wheelchairs that you transport daily. To mark location, ask wheelchair passenger for permission.
6. Include this information on route sheets or instructions so other drivers are aware of the securement point indicators.
7. Attach the four retractors to the anchorage points.
8. There are times the retractors may be placed in the floor anchorages prior to positioning the wheelchair in the securement location.
9. L-Track in vehicle – In the four floor track anchorage system, the front retractors are normally attached to the two outside tracks. This makes them wider than the wheelchair and assists in stabilizing the chair.
10. Front view of the wheelchair tie-down angles. The dimension is 300 mm/ 12”, which is for reference only.
11. The two front tie-downs should be attached to a solid frame member that is close to the level of the seat.
12. Pull the belts from each front retractor and place the securement hooks (J-hook, Carabiner, Buckle and Tab) on the selected attachment points on the wheelchair.
13. The two front tie-downs when attached to their anchorages should have a belt angle of 40-60°
14. The two rear tie-downs, when using the four track system, are normally attached to the two inside tracks, or more narrow then the rear wheels of the chair.
15. The two rear tie-down belts should be attached to a solid frame member that is close to the level of the seat.
16. Pull the webbing from each rear retractor and place the securement hooks on the selected attachment points on the wheelchair. AMF Bruns offers J-hook, Carabiner, Buckle and Tab.
17. The angle of the rear securement belts should make a 30-40ﹾ angle with the floor.
18. For many chairs, the front attachment points may be too low to properly stabilize the chair. In these cases, the rear belts may be used for this purpose.
19. The belts must take a direct path from the wheelchair securement points to the floor anchorage. DO NOT go around or through wheels or other parts that would prevent the straight line.
20. Always recheck the anchor fittings to ensure they are securely locked into their anchorages.
21. The retractors (Silver and Platinum Series) are self-locking and self-tensioning but you can apply additional tension if needed, with tensioning of the knob.
Important: When using Black Series retractors, turn the know to apply tension.
22. On three wheeled scooters or some other electric chairs, it is recommended
that the third rear belt be used in the rear center. The webbing loop may be required for this rear attachment.
23. On a tri-wheeler securement, the two rear belts are needed to stabilize the chair and the third rear belt prevents it from moving forward.
24. The same practice is used on some large wheelchairs when the front attachment locations are too low to stabilize the device.
25. We recommend – if it’s safe — that occupants of three wheelers transfer to a regular vehicle seat.
26. Some large chairs may require four rear securements. Some states have already implemented this procedure. With our Platinum Series, you will only need two rear securements.
27. Once all securement belts have been attached, unlock the wheel locks and try to move the chair forward and backward. This movement will take up any initial belt slack. Re-lock the wheel locks.
28. The automatic self-tensioning, self-locking of Silver and Platinum Series ONLY will take up any remaining slack during the trip.
29. Now you have completed the following:
o Retractors are properly secured to floor anchorages
o The wheelchair is now secured with the retractors
Next module will become available on video completion.