Sometimes the problem by using a vehicle isn’t driving it, but getting inside and out. If so, Power seat switch could be a great choice.
People often would rather keep their SUV or pickup truck as an alternative to getting an adapted van, says T.C. Cole, Access Unlimited’s director of sales and marketing. “This opens plenty of possibilities that weren’t there before.”
A turning seat extends from your vehicle and raises and lowers to help people enter and exit more easily by themselves or with assistance.
They’re helpful for folks who use canes and walkers, in addition to those who can produce a seat-to-seat transfer from your manual or power wheelchair. And, they can be found in a wide array of vehicles from sedans and minivans to SUVs, pickup trucks and full-size vans.
“You will need to go to a mobility dealer if you’re considering this type of equipment,” advises Andrew Bayer, product manager for Bruno’s Turning Automotive Seating (TAS). Mobility dealers will evaluate your vehicle and capabilities to ascertain the best equipment solution.
The Easy-Reach lift-up seat extends far out from the vehicle at the natural angle to assist in making safe transfers. It’s designed to be used about the front passenger seat on most SUVs, pickup trucks, minivans and full-size vans, but can be placed in minivans with second-row seating.
Easy-Reach is “vehicle specific and uses the factory seat,” Cole says. “If it’s for any 2004 Cadillac Escalade, we get one into our shop and build the seat right onto it and then we know it’s planning to fit exactly. Which way, we’re using the original bolt patterns instead of drilling any holes inside the vehicle.”
Ranging in price from $5,295 to $5,695, Easy-Reach now offers a manual override in case the vehicle’s electrical system malfunctions.
Starting at $1,741, the Companion Seat fits most GM and Chrysler minivans, and will lift approximately 300 pounds.
To use, an assistant manually swivels the seat toward the entranceway, along with a toggle switch powers the seat inside and outside. It takes approximately 22 seconds for your power base to rotate, extend out the car door and tilt forward six inches.
Braun engineer Pete Budd notes that Power seat flexible shaft users will need to have some mobility. “It could be utilised by someone who will depend on a walker or cane, but it’s not intended to be employed by someone who’s a whole-time wheelchair user.”
Bruno’s Turning Automotive Seating (TAS)
TAS systems may be placed in a wide array of vehicles, including sedans, minivans, SUVs, pickup trucks or full-size vans. For higher vehicles, the seat rotates, extends from the vehicle and lowers toward the soil.
Turnout Seats, which are found in sedans, range in price from $2,000 to $3,000, depending on whether it’s a manual or power rotate system.
Turny Seats, which fit minivans, SUVs, pickup trucks and fullsize vans, cost between $5,500 and $6,000. These people have a manual rotate system with power up-and-down features.
For a complete power rotate or higher-and-down system, the Turny Orbit runs between $6,500 and $7,000.
Bruno’s Carony Transportation System – combined with a Turny or Turnout seat – transforms coming from a child car seat to your manual wheelchair by means of an interlocking wheeled base. Passengers never have to leave their seats, eliminating the requirement for transfers. The Carony runs from $4,000 to $5,000.
Bruno’s SM seat can be included in a TAS system, providing various accessories for instance a lap belt, positioning support, lateral and hip abduction support plus a headrest. Also, the dexqpky30 and back cushions are removable, enabling customization and laundering.
The SM Seat adds $one thousand to $1,500 for the total, based on accessories.
Lifting around 400 pounds, the Freedom Seat (which uses the factory seat) could be installed in full-size vans, minivans, full-size SUVs, pickup trucks and full-size sedans. Together with moving inside and outside, the seat also lowers and rotates left and right to help facilitate wheelchair transfers.
Todd Bick, Freedom’s national sales manager, says the seat’s programmability is its strongest point, passing it on more flexibility than a regular turning seat. “We can program multiple points along a path in the home position to your position beyond a car or truck.”
Costing between $7,000 and $8,000, the automated seat could be installed at the front passenger or driver positions, or mid-row in minivans. An emergency manual backup system is included.
Structural modifications and other cutting or drilling aren’t essential to install Power seat switch, so it’s easy to easily restore the vehicle to its original condition. Most manufacturers retrofit the initial factory seat, while Bruno uses its unique after-market seat.
All turning seat systems meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). Manufacturers ensure the safety measures of your vehicle, for example seat belts and air bags, consistently operate normally. In addition, seats may retain their ability to recline and slide forward and backward.
Overall, the trick is to work with a mobility dealer familiar with turning seats to ensure that one will help meet your evolving mobility needs.