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lifts. Automatic and semi-automatic wheelchair lifts include a variety of
electric powered, mechanical, and hydraulic systems used to raise or lower a
person in a wheelchair from one level to another.
This paragraph is limited to automatic
power lift systems manufactured for use by persons with disabilities and
retrofitted in vehicles (for example, vans). An automatic wheelchair lift
permits independent entry into a van for a person who remains in a wheelchair.
purchase only those wheelchair lifts that comply with FMVSS 403, platform lift
systems for motor vehicles, and that do not reduce the ground clearance of the
standard (unmodified) vehicle to less than eight inches.
(2) A semi-automatic lift is
designed to be operated by a person other than the individual being raised or
lowered by the lift, for example, an attendant, and is not suitable for drivers
who can otherwise drive a vehicle without an attendant. This paragraph is
limited to power lift systems manufactured for use by persons with disabilities
and retrofitted in vehicles, and that must be operated by an attendant.
Semi-automatic wheelchair lifts shall comply with FMVSS 403.
(2) All lifts installed by retail dealers shall be
installed in compliance with FMVSS 404, platform lift installations for motor
lifts. Seat lift systems include a variety of devices that assist an individual
into or out of a vehicle seat. Seat lift systems can be powered or manual in
(1) All powered systems shall be
independently operable by the user. Powered seat lift controls shall be
permanently labeled with movement icons consistent with the provisions of
(2) All wires shall
be protected against entanglement, possible disengagement, breakage, and
stretching during seat lift movement in any direction.
(3) Seat lift capacity shall be stated by the
shall not interfere with driving functions.
Exterior mounted entry switching.
Exterior mounted entry switching is any electrical control device mounted on
the exterior of a vehicle that is designed to operate adaptive or other
equipment by an operator with a disability, such as: door open/close,
unfold/closing of the lift platform, and up/down operation of the lift
Exterior mounted entry switching
If a lockbox
is used, it shall
be located so that opened
vehicle doors do not interfere with the consumer's access to the
(i) Be constructed of fiberglass,
aluminum, stainless steel, or other noncorrosive material and be attached with
(ii) Have an enclosed back;
(iii) Be located so that opened
vehicle doors do not interfere with the consumer's access to the
shall possess a water-tight seal to prevent moisture from
penetrating below the
The door of the
control box shall have a weather seal to exclude any rain or moisture.
shall have a lock which can be operated by an
individual with limited finger dexterity.
that do not
conform to this general performance guideline may be accepted if they are
listed as an option on the original proposal and authorized by
the RTSU of RSC
(2) Alternative controls. Magnetic, remote
(radio, etc.) controls or other alternative exterior controls may be used if
required because of the consumer's disability.
Powered door operators. Powered door
operators are any powered devices that will open and close vehicle doors to
enable access to the vehicle. Exterior controls for powered door operators
shall meet the standards of paragraph (C) of this rule. Powered door operators
shall close the doors in four to ten seconds and shall meet the following
(1) Door operators shall
permit complete closing of the door in a position at least equivalent to the
manufacturer's original installations so the doors fit within the vehicle body
when in the full-powered, closed position.
(2) OEM door latches must be retained
except doors that are equipped with the wheelchair
lifts and that are linked to an alarm system consisting of either a flashing
visible signal located in the driver's compartment or an alarm audible to the
driver that is activated when the door is open consistent with FMVSS
206.S4, door locks and door retention components, requirements.
(3) Door operators shall have an interior,
emergency, quick-release manual mechanism that shall permit the opening of the
doors to ensure the consumer's exit if power fails.
(4) Door operators shall be designed and
installed so that the doors can close only when the lift is fully
(5) Automatic lighting
shall be installed in conjunction with automatic power doors to illuminate the
lowest lift platform position when the automatic doors are opened. Automatic
interior lights shall go on when the door is opened and shut off when the door
Ramps permit an occupant in a wheelchair to roll or be pushed into and out of a
vehicle. These devices shall be permanently installed.
Ramps are permitted on lowered floor
minivans and specialty vehicles as defined in rule
of the Administrative Code.
Ramps shall be prohibited in full sized vans unless
they meet with ADA compliant ramp angles
Steps. Steps are either folding or fixed
and are used by ambulatory persons to gain access to a vehicle or exit from it.
OEM steps or running boards are excluded from the provision of this paragraph.
(1) Steps shall have a nonskid
(2) Steps shall be affixed
to the vehicle in a manner sufficient to sustain the weight of the intended
user without permanent deformation or separation from the vehicle.
(3) Steps shall conform to section
5577.05 of the Revised Code with
reference to the maximum width of a vehicle.
Assist handles. Assist handles are hand
grips provided for the purpose of transferring from one location to another
during entering or leaving a vehicle, moving around inside a vehicle, or
performing other similar maneuvers. OEM assist handles are excluded from
consideration under this paragraph.
dimensions shall afford a grip clearance of at least one and seven-eighths
inches by four and three-eighths inches (inside dimensions) with at least a one
inch diameter grip.
(2) Covers of
handles shall be rounded and shall be padded to prevent injury.
(3) The grip surface shall be covered or
equipped with a material that will provide thermal protection from heat or cold
and afford maximum hand grip.
Handles shall be installed so that they can support the load to be applied by
the intended user without permanent deformation or separation from the