Compact wheelchair restraint system with housing and release

  • US 7,717,655 B2
  • Filed: 09/25/2007
  • Issued: 05/18/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/26/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An apparatus for removably securing a wheelchair to an interior of a vehicle, the apparatus comprising:

  • a module adapted to be secured to said vehicle interior at a position behind said wheelchair;

    said module comprising two separate retractor assemblies, each of said assemblies further comprising a frame, a spool, a flexible belt having a proximal end and a distal end, said proximal end secured to said spool and said distal end comprising an attachment means for securing said distal end of said belt to said wheelchair;

    each said spool further comprising a ratchet end and;

    each said spool being spring-biased to urge said respective belt to be wound about said spool;

    a two-position latching mechanism adapted for, in a first position, simultaneous engagement with said ratchet end of both of said spools whereby said spools are simultaneously selectively prevented from rotation in one direction, said mechanism being selectively operable to a second position whereby said spools are simultaneously unlocked and allowed to rotate;

    a front securement belt mounted at a position in front of said wheelchair for removable attachment to a front portion of said wheelchair and;

    control means for operating said latching mechanism between said first position and said second position.

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