Autoadapt, Swedish manufacturer of vehicle adaptation solutions, has introduced a new version of their Turny Evo, the first of 2 new swivel seats from Autoadapt to hit the market this year. The key feature of the Turny Evo, help both drivers and passengers to get seated with some major improvements in comfort, ease of use, installation and, most important, safety.

Peter Wahlsten, Executive Vice President at Autoadapt said, “We firmly believe that everyone should be entitled to the same safety, but when you travel in a vehicle seated in a wheelchair you have already accepted a lower degree of safety. Without proper head and neck support it is practically impossible to have safety aspects in place and this should be tagged as bad as not wearing a seatbelt at all.”
All Autoadapt swivel seats are crash tested and approved according to the same standards that apply to the automotive industry, a 20 G crash with a 76 kg crash test dummy. With the new Turny Evo and the coming Turny Low Vehicle, the company pushes beyond standards with successful crash tests at 30 G with a 102 kg crash test dummy.

A swivel seat is not a seat but a device under the seat that enables the seat to be rotated towards the door opening. This facilitates getting in and out of the seat, regardless of whether the user is seated in a wheelchair or standing. A seat lift is a swivel seat variant in which the entire seat comes out of the vehicle and lowers to a suitable height for the user. Swivel seats can be manually operated with mechanical or advanced devices programmable to suit a specific user and vehicle.

A car seat and a wheelchair are two very different things. The car seat is designed to comfort travel in a static position which need not take into account the light weight and other factors . For a seat belt to be effective there has to be proper belt geometry. This is much easier to achieve if the user is placed in a car seat as the vehicle’s designers intended. Additionally, swivel seat adaptations can be installed using the existing seat hole pattern and can be fully restored in the event of a sale.


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