PAWRS Power Assisted Wheelchair Restraint System
The PAWRS is a remote-controlled, combined winch and front restraint system to assist in the loading of a wheelchair and passenger into a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle.
No longer is it necessary to squeeze between the seats and the wheelchair to disconnect an electric winch, and make up the front restraints. Traditionally, this operation can be quite undignified for the wheelchair user. Simply attach the PAWRS reels to the wheelchair, then load and restrain the wheelchair and passenger with one press of a button - no pushing required. As a result he whole loading sequence is much faster and improved, providing convenience as well as safety.
The PAWRS is a 12V dc powered device that has been endurance cycle tested by drawing a 250kg loaded surrogate wheelchair up a 15° ramp. On lesser inclines it is capable of pulling greater loads. As well as being able to handle higher wheelchair weights than most, if not all, ‘traditional’ winching and restraint methods, the PAWRS offers greatly improved convenience, and is dynamically safety tested with a 190kg wheelchair.