Vehicle Safety for People Who Use Wheelchairs

School Bus with Wheelchair Lift When traveling in a motor vehicle, it is generally safest for wheelchair users to transfer to a vehicle seat and use the vehicle seatbelt system or a child safety seat that complies with federal safety standards. The wheelchair should then be stored and secured in the vehicle.

Girl Restrained in Stroller If transferring is not feasible, it is very important to secure the wheelchair to the vehicle facing forward and to use crash-tested seatbelts for the wheelchair-seated rider.

This website presents information on selecting wheelchairs and tiedown equipment, securing wheelchairs in vans and buses, and properly restraining the rider. Follow the links at the left or click here to see step-by-step procedures.

The information in this website is also available as a brochure thumbnailbrochure (PDF) in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF) or as a hard-copy brochure.


Brochures are available from:
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
Email: umtridocs@umich.edu
Phone: 734-764-2171
Fax: 734-936-1081




Development of the brochure and website was supported by:

WTS LogoRehabilitation Engineering Research Center on
Wheelchair Transportation Safety


University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
University of Michigan Health System

Initially Funded through a grant from the FRIENDS of the University of Michigan Hospitals.