Road safety is an important issue for wheelchair users. Built so low to the ground, wheelchairs are harder for drivers to see than other cars. So, they are often unnoticed, until it is too late. As a result, in the USA there is a collision between a vehicle and a wheelchair every single day.
Paradoxically, although wheelchairs are lower and harder to see than bicycles, there are no laws requiring wheelchairs to use safety devices such as reflectors. As a result the market is very small and manufacturers have not been actively developing products designed to improve safety of wheelchair users, although reflectors could dramatically improve wheelchair safety and save lives.
Wheelchair users rarely add reflectors to their wheelchairs.
Why? Few reflector are designed for wheelchair use. Reflectors add significant weight and wheelchair users prefer to have the lightest wheelchairs possible. Also, reflectors are unattractive. Wheelchair users want lightweight and attractive wheelchairs. Finally reflectors on a wheel cause a very noticeable wobble that makes pushing the wheelchair less efficient.
RehaDesign announces the launch of "Wheels On Fire", wheelchair reflectors (www.medserviceseurope.com/wheelchairreflectors.htm).
Wheels on Fire is a newly designed reflector that attaches to the spokes of the wheel.
Each reflector weighs an amazing 1 gram (0.03oz), so the increase in weight is imperceptible. And these reflectors can be added to the wheels in a variety of patterns and designs to give the wheels a cool look and set the "wheels on fire".
Finally, there is no wheel wobble as with other reflectors.
Features of RehaDesign "Wheels on Fire":
Wheels on Fire work great on bicycle wheels too!
Reference: About RehaDesign (www.newdisability.com): RehaDesign innovative wheelchair accessories are developed and marketed by Med Services Europe, a European-based distributor of innovative wheelchair accessories (www.medserviceseurope.com). We are seeking dealers world-wide. Disability dealers are encouraged to contact Dr. Gene Emmer for more information about our products.