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Students design a lift-assist device for wheelchair users

April 26, 2017

Transferring into a vehicle seat can be challenging for people who use wheelchairs. A group of mechanical engineering seniors is working to make that task safer and easier. With support from the Veterans Administration, they designed a lift-assist device that a caregiver can use to safely transfer a wheelchair user into a seat in a passenger car, SUV, or pickup truck. They tested a prototype at UMTRI with a crash test dummy sitting in for the patient.