This section includes seating equipment suitable for vehicle use. They are suitable for adults, children or both.
Seat cushions can be placed on the car seat to provide additional support.
Swivel seat cushions are designed to provide an addition to, or completely replace, the front passenger or driver's seat of a vehicle to facilitate transfers to and from the car.
Seats and backrests replace an existing car seat offering increased support to the user. This support may take the form of a high or contoured backrest or a deeper or shallower seat. Some seating is for occasional use, for example, fold down seats used in vehicles modified to carry passengers using wheelchairs.
Adjustable seats may be repositioned within the car by fitting an additional adjustable mechanism or by replacing an existing car seat. Adjustment mechanisms may be manually or electrically operated by push-button or touch sensitive controls. The mechanism may make adjustment easier or make a greater degree of adjustment possible than on standard car seats including:
Children's car seats are specially designed for children who require additional support. They may incorporate a five-point harness, adjustable seat length and backrest heights and may have additional posture pads. They are anchored into a vehicle like standard car seats. Some have either a swivel mechanism and/or a backrest which can be tilted back. Accessories for children’s car seats are also included, such as car seat covers and slip-resistant materials for use underneath specialised child car seats.
Car seat lift units are situated on the door side of the car seat and can be used to assist a person to stand up from, and sit down onto the car seat. Some attendant propelled wheelchairs have an integral facility for transfer into a driver or passenger seat of a motor vehicle.
Please note that the use of an unsecured cushion increases the chance of the user being hurt in an accident.
If you know that there is a certain product that will help you, feel free to browse through our online catalogue or use our search tool for specific product names. National retailers are listed against each product and you can click on their link to go directly to their website to order that product or contact the retailer for more information. Don't forget to tell them you found their information on our site.
If you are unsure about what you need why not try our AskSARA tool to narrow down your search by considering what areas of daily living you need help with.
If you would prefer to speak to someone for advice about daily living equipment, please contact our Helpline on 0300 999 0004.
Our experienced advisors will help you find the solution to your problem and can send you information on products that might help you, where you can buy equipment and other useful organisations that might be able to help you.
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