ETAC UK SUCCESSFULLY DEMONSTRATES WORLD-CLASS AUTOMATIC DRIVE-FROM-WHEELCHAIR' TIE-DOWN AT MOBILITY ROADSHOW
On Stand E4 at The Mobility Roadshow 2012 (Peterborough Arena, 21–23 June), Etac UK Limited demonstrated the Etac Automatic Tie-down System this year as it delivers world-class drive-from-wheelchair and upfront passenger capabilities.
Unique and fully compatible with the E800 series and Balder powerchairs from Etac, the Etac Automatic Tie-down System delivers world-leading safety for wheelchair users when travelling in adapted vehicles either as passengers or drivers. Successfully tested to the ISO 7176-19 standard by the UK Road Transport Laboratory, the Etac Automatic Tie-down System is different to all wheelchair-docking systems as the powerchair and not the vehicle battery electrically operate it. This eliminates the need for complex installation and additional wiring through the adapted vehicle floor well, which could affect resale value. The system comprises of an anchor collar bolted to the floor, which is easy to access with a wide tapered channel and a locking bolt mechanism attached to the underside of the Etac powerchair. As the user manoeuvres into the docking station, the mechanism automatically locks and the powerchair and occupant are then fully secure for onward transit.
The Etac Automatic Tie-down System is suitable for either drivers or passengers who use a powerchair. If a user prefers to have the option to alternate between positions, the Etac Undercarriage System can be installed onto certain OEM seats so that vehicle configuration remains flexible. Several senior members of the Etac UK team were on hand for all three days at the Mobility Roadshow to demonstrate the many benefits of this drive-from-wheelchair solution. Ian Carter, Etac UK Managing Director concludes: “The Mobility Roadshow has been busy for Etac UK this year despite the weather and we are pleased to have met numerous satisfied customers using our E800 series powerchairs. The show has increased in size from 150 to 180 exhibitors for 2012, which is reflected in increased interest surrounding our Etac Automatic Tie-down System. Etac powerchair enquiry levels have risen steadily throughout the year, which we believe is indicative of the outstanding reputation surrounding our products. The Automatic Tie-down System represents one of the best drive-from-wheelchair configurations on the market today and fully complements our world-class Balder and E800 series powerchairs. These Etac models provide trustworthy mobility, reliability and peace of mind across the UK.”
In addition to the Etac Automatic Tie-down System, the complete range of Etac powerchairs was showcased on Stand E4 along with details regarding the new five-year warranty package on selected E800 series models.
1. The Etac Automatic Tie-down System is fully crash-tested and delivers safe drive-from-wheelchair capabilities.
2. The Etac UK team experienced significant interest in drive-from-wheelchair solutions on their stand this year at the Mobility Roadshow. From left to right: Craig Sweetlove, Ian Carter, Matt James and Debbie Farrell.