Wheelchair Transportation Safety (WC-19) - NMEDA

Wheelchair Transportation Safety

Wheelchairs for Use as Seats in Motor Vehicles

Understanding the WC-19 Standard

WC-19 is a voluntary industry standard that establishes minimum design and performance requirements for wheelchairs that are occupied by users traveling in motor vehicles. A wheelchair that complies with all the requirements of this standard is considered to provide a reasonable measure of safe and effective seating during vehicle ingress/egress, during normal transportation, and during a vehicle collision.

Be sure to do your homework when selecting a wheelchair. Here is a list of wheelchairs that meet the WC-19 requirements, maintained by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.