Wheelchair restraint method for a transportation vehicle

  • US 6,575,677 B2
  • Filed: 04/03/2002
  • Issued: 06/10/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/29/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. In a mass transit vehicle having a vehicle axis, a floor, sidewalls, a plurality of seats, a wheelchair securement area, and front and rear attachment assemblies for securing a wheelchair in said wheelchair securement area, the method of positioning the front attachment assembly between a stowed position and a deployed position comprising:

  • providing a stationary member;

    providing a first crank belt mechanism and maintaining said crank belt mechanism in a stationary position adjacent said stationary member;

    providing a second crank belt mechanism;

    providing a slidable anchor and mounting said second crank belt mechanism with said slidable anchor;

    slidably mounting said slidable anchor and said second crank belt mechanism with said stationary member;

    moving said slidable anchor and said second crank belt mechanism relative to said stationary member toward and transversely of said axis into an operating position extended from said stationary member; and

    , moving said slidable anchor and said second crank belt mechanism relative to said stationary member away from and transversely of said axis into a non-operating position.

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