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Seat Swivel Makes Cars Easy To Get Into
Getting in and out of cars and pickups is easier for the elderly and disabled with the new "Easy Seat" seat swivel.
Developed by inventor Rob Wallace in Australia, the device can be fitted under any car seat, letting it swing forward and out at a right angle through the doorway. When the seat is fully extended, the passenger's body is completely outside the car, simplifying the task of standing up or transferring to a wheelchair.
"It allows rely Lively easy transport of wheelchair-bound people in otherwise unmodified cars," says Wallace. "It's an unobtrusive and cost-effective alternative to hoists and .specially-equipped vans. A hand-operated lever on the door side of the seat releases a pin that allows the seat to swivel on ball bearings. When released, the lever locks the seat in any position.
"It attaches with adaptor brackets that bolt onto the original seat mountings. You remove the original car seat, take out the subframe, and replace it with the brackets and a hinge mechanism. We generally in-stall the Easy Seat on the left side of the car, which is the passenger side in Australia, but we make versions for both the right and left hand sides of the car. The seat can be re-moved and re-fitted to another car at trade-in time."
Sells for about $1,000.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Yaktek Industries, Box 112, Yackandandah, Victoria 3749, Australia (ph 060 27 1526).

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1994 - Volume #18, Issue #4