Differences Between Manufacturers In Required Power Wheelchair Repairs For People With Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

Janay Whittaker, Lynn Worobey BS, Michelle Oyster MS, Michael Boninger MD
Human Engineering Research Laboratories, VA Center for Excellence for Wheelchairs and Associated Rehabilitation Engineering


This study found significant differences between manufacturers in the occurrence and number of repairs experienced by power wheelchair users. Increases in these areas were also found within manufacturers as compared to historical data. Decreased quality and durability of wheelchairs may be related to the amount of repairs experienced by their users. Enforcement of external standards testing is required to improve wheelchair quality, thereby reducing the number of adverse events experienced by wheelchair users. Until such enforcement occurs, clinicians should use available research to help prescribe the better quality wheelchairs.


This material is based upon work supported by Grant number H133N060019, ASPIRE Grant number 0849878, and VA Center Grant number B6789C. This material is the result of work supported with resources and the use of facilities at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories. The contents of this paper do not represent the views of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States Government.