Sometimes the situation having a vehicle isn’t driving it, but getting out and in. If so, Power seat motor can be a great option.
People often choose to keep their SUV or pickup truck instead of getting an adapted van, says T.C. Cole, Access Unlimited’s director of sales and marketing. “This opens a lot of possibilities that weren’t there before.”
A turning seat extends from your vehicle and raises and lowers to help individuals enter and exit easier independently or with assistance.
They’re helpful for people who use canes and walkers, in addition to those that can make a seat-to-seat transfer from the manual or power wheelchair. And, they can be used in an array of vehicles from sedans and minivans to SUVs, pickup trucks and full-size vans.
“You will need to go to some mobility dealer if you’re considering this kind of equipment,” advises Andrew Bayer, product manager for Bruno’s Turning Automotive Seating (TAS). Mobility dealers will evaluate your vehicle and capabilities to discover the best equipment solution.
The Easy-Reach lift-up seat extends far out from the vehicle with a natural angle to assist in making safe transfers. It’s designed for use about the front passenger seat on most SUVs, pickup trucks, minivans and full-size vans, but could be placed in minivans with second-row seating.
Easy-Reach is “vehicle specific and uses the factory seat,” Cole says. “If it’s to get a 2004 Cadillac Escalade, we get one into our shop and make the seat right onto it so we know it’s going to fit exactly. Which way, we’re utilizing the original bolt patterns and never drilling any holes in the vehicle.”
Ranging in price from $5,295 to $5,695, Easy-Reach even offers a manual override if your vehicle’s electrical system malfunctions.
Starting at $1,741, the Companion Seat fits most GM and Chrysler minivans, and might lift around 300 pounds.
To use, an assistant manually swivels the seat toward the entranceway, and a toggle switch powers the seat out and in. 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 motor users need to have some mobility. “It could be used by somebody who will depend on a walker or cane, but it’s not intended to be employed by someone who’s a complete-time wheelchair user.”
Bruno’s Turning Automotive Seating (TAS)
TAS systems may be placed in a variety 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 floor.
Turnout Seats, that happen to be found in sedans, range in price from $2,000 to $3,000, based upon 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 from a car seat to some manual wheelchair by way 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 put into a TAS system, providing various accessories like a lap belt, positioning support, lateral and hip abduction support as well as a headrest. Also, the dexqpky30 and back cushions are removable, enabling customization and laundering.
The SM Seat adds $1,000 to $1,500 towards the total, depending on accessories.
Lifting approximately 400 pounds, the Freedom Seat (which utilizes the factory seat) could be placed in full-size vans, minivans, full-size SUVs, pickup trucks and full-size sedans. In addition to moving in and out, 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, giving it more flexibility than a regular turning seat. “We can program multiple points along a path through the home position to your position outside of a car.”
Costing between $7,000 and $8,000, the automatic seat may be installed right in front passenger or driver positions, or mid-row in minivans. A crisis manual backup system is included.
Structural modifications and additional cutting or drilling aren’t necessary to install Power seat switch, so it’s easy to easily restore the vehicle to its original condition. Most manufacturers retrofit the very first factory seat, while Bruno uses its unique after-market seat.
All turning seat systems meet Federal Car Safety Standards (FMVSS). Manufacturers guarantee the safety features of the vehicle, such as seat belts and air bags, still operate normally. Furthermore, seats may retain their ability to recline and slide forward and backward.
Overall, the key is to do business with a mobility dealer acquainted with turning seats to make sure that you might help meet your evolving mobility needs.