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September 11, 2013

Q'Straint unveils 3-point wheelchair securement station

Q’Straint announced today the availability of a new Q’UBE 3-Point Securement Station that features an innovative sliding bumper that provides critical stabilization and tip-over prevention that the ADA requires for 3-Point Securement. It was designed for transit operators that need to maintain maximum passenger seating capacities in 2+2 seating layouts: A 2-passenger forward facing flip seat combined with a 2-passenger aisle facing flip seat.
 
The Q’UBE 3-Point was designed as a fully adaptable, complete bolt-in solution that can be mounted for many vehicle applications without the need to run cables or wires. The user-friendly design helps operators maintain schedules and reduce dwell times on fixed-route buses by integrating a single-motion mechanical delay release that significantly reduces wheelchair securement time and effort. A wide assortment of brackets and occupant solutions were developed to ensure that Q’UBE 3-Point is adaptable to virtually any fleet.
 
“Our goal with the Q’UBE 3-Point was efficiency: preserving seating capacities with a minimum footprint, easy installation and offering a cost-effective solution,” said Bob Joseph, Q’Straint VP of business development. “It required some clever new patent-worthy engineering to achieve an ADA approved 3-point securement in such a compact space.”
 
With 3-passenger aisle-facing securements (such as the Q’POD), there is sufficient length for Q’Straint’s patented stabilization bumper — a proven design that acts as the fourth contact point and prevents tip-overs. In 2-Flip seats, it was necessary to develop a sliding bumper that can be extended beyond the width of the seats to assure proper securements, yet stows out of the way when not in use. A front tensioner features a J-hook and scooter ring that combine to safely secure the wheeled mobility device against the bumper. This cost-effective system simplifies installation and optimizes seating capacity.
 
“Several transit properties that had selected Q’POD for all their new vehicles were looking for a solution that could be retrofitted into existing buses running high-capacity routes,” said Q’Straint Sales Director Jim Reaume. “By trickling down some of our high-end technology to this modular retrofit, we are able to provide a system that satisfies the customer needs of cost and space efficiency.”
 
The Q’UBE 3-Point features include:
-       A sliding bumper that is either hand or foot operated reducing operator bending and injury potential
-       Heavy-duty stainless steel construction that is durable and corrosion resistant
-       Rubber surfaced stabilization bumper that securely grips the wheels of mobility devices
-       A popup hand lever that stores out of the way when not in use
-       Recirculating ball bearing design for heavy-duty strength and smooth operation
-       Automatic return of the sliding bumper to the storage position with a touch of the release lever

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