Q’Straint is the world’s leading supplier of wheelchair & occupant restraint systems and supplies more than 70 countries from its base in Whitstable, Kent. The company continues to develop innovative, high-quality products to assist wheelchair users to use regular transport means – giving greater social freedom, mobility and increased levels of safety to those who previously may have had restricted or less-safe transport options.
By employing a dedicated, multi-lingual team to communicate in our customers’ language, respecting customer values and adapting to local market conditions, combined with our partnership approach, Q’Straint has created long-term sustainable business relationships worldwide, with the majority of business coming from a well-established dealer network.
Q’Straint has always put passenger safety first ensuring that both the wheelchair and passenger were separately and independently restrained at all times during transit. All restraints are rigorously tested to meet or exceed the ISO 10542 standard, ensuring that high quality and safety standards are maintained.
In 1999 Q’Straint launched the time-saving QRT retractable system, which was the first fully automatic retractable restraint system in the industry. Following user feedback, this product was re-engineered and developed into the QRT Max.
Easy to use, the QRT Max range of retractable wheelchair restraints is particularly suitable for commercial vehicles as it is compact and can either be used with floor pockets, track, bolted to the vehicle floor or mounted under a flip seat. The QRT Max features unique single-handed operation and is self-adjusting and self-tensioning, offering a quick and flexible solution to securing wheelchairs. Retractable and static lap/ shoulder belts are also provided for passenger comfort and safety. The QRT Max is an efficient tool that offers users a practical, fast and efficient method to secure virtually all wheelchair users in safety.
Most recently in 2013 Q’Straint launched a new line of retractors that are capable of securing the heaviest of modern wheelchairs. Designed and dynamically sled tested to handle loads of up to 200kg and up to 150kg respectively, the QRT 550E and QRT 350E are built to safely secure today’s heaviest wheelchairs. Q’Straint’s QRT™ line of wheelchair and occupant securement systems are now offered in three distinct ranges. Complementing the industry standard 1 Series, including the QRT Max, Deluxe and Standard models, the all-new 5 Series systems are designed for loads of up to 200kg to accommodate the heaviest of chairs or instances of heavy chairs with integral lap belts. The new 3 Series retractor has a capacity of 150kg to safely secure most generally available powered wheelchairs or standard weight wheelchairs with integral lap belts.
The retractor utilises an innovative double webbing loop and employs advanced material technologies with new energy management techniques to achieve the 200kg certification. Prior to the QRT 550E, the only alternative retractor system able to achieve this maximum rating has been the use of four retractors on the rear of a wheelchair. With just two 550E’s, securement is faster, space efficient and a more practical option. Extensive dynamic sled testing has demonstrated that wheelchair excursions in the event of a collision are reduced by up to 50 percent as compared to the use of four rear retractors — greatly enhancing passenger safety.
The QRT 350E delivers a higher load capacity than any previous retractors, yet does so without a space or weight penalty. The evolution of increasingly heavy wheelchairs and the recent introduction of wheelchairs with integrated lap belt systems mean that both the full mass of the chair and up to 60 percent of the occupant is transmitted to the rear tie-downs. The QRT 350E safely secures these integrated lap belt (WC19) wheelchairs and is designed to accept these now increasingly common heavier load requirements in WAVs, Community Transport, and other public and private vehicles.
All three models provide a full range of options for simple, safe and effective securement of wheelchairs in community transport vehicles, mini-van, rail, coach, bus and WAVs.
For over 25 years, Q’Straint has remained focused on one mission: To develop the most innovative solutions that advance the safety and effectiveness of wheelchair passenger travel. Our reputation as a global leader is the result of making transportation safety and customer needs the highest priority. We are committed to continued product leadership and innovation; we have the most exhaustive and comprehensive research and testing programs; and for over two decades have played a key role in developing regional and international safety standards. Today, our diverse global staff serves customers in over 70 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Oceania, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.