Why we test!
With more than 25 years experience in the development, safety testing and production of automotive equipment, Dahl Engineering possesses a wealth of knowledge in the areas of safety and regulations. As a supplier of components we are also able to offer close co-operation with regard to the development and testing/certification of components in the conjunction in which they are to be used.
Today, wheelchair tenderings require that the wheelchair and restraint system is crash-tested together and thus lives up to ISO 7176-19. All WTORS must, according EU-regulation 214/2014 be tested in the car model and installation position in which it will be used. The EU medical device directive states that a CE-marked medical device, which has been customized outside the manufacturer’s specifications, thereby become a customized medical device and that the CE-marking must be removed. Anyone who customizes a CE-marked medical device outside the manufacturers specifications is responsible for quality, safety and performance of the device and becomes the responsible manufacturer of the customized device.
We have at the moment crash-tested 100 wheelchairs according to ISO 10542-1:2012 and ISO 7176-19:2008 with Dahl Docking Station. Complying with the wheelchair manufacturers user- and installation guide when installing the Dahl Docking System, will ensure that the wheelchair manufacturers CE-marking will remain intact. You can find the manuals on our website.
We also offer complete, TÜV approved installation kits for 4-point WTORS, which live up to and succeed EU-regulation 214/2014 for tie-down of wheelchairs of 85kg, 170kg and 200kg plus user.
Experience shows that 4 out of 5 wheelchairs fail the ISO-test first time they are being crash-tested. We have selected three examples from our work with crash-testing and development of tie-down equipment and wheelchairs, which give a realistic picture of what can happen during a collision of 48-50 km/h (see video on the right side). This underlines the necessity of testing wheelchairs, wheelchair tie-down equipment and occupant restraints in conjunction with each other.