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Is The Seat Belt Feature On Stairlifts A Gimmick

By Max Eyres

Was at a customer’s house the other day! Had a request if we could attend to take a look at his old aging stairlift and see if it needed renewing. The unit was an old Stannah 225 and a quick inspection found that the rollers needed replacing and a quick service would put the unit back into action with a good few years still left in the old bugger (Stairlift Not the Client)

The customer was delighted that he did not need a new chairlift, but then made a funny remark that set me back a little! Pulling and tugging on the seat belt he exclaimed why the hell has it got a seat belt? It’s not as though it does 0-60 in five seconds.

The stairlift seatbelt is there to ensure the user is securely strapped in whilst travelling on the stair lift. It’s not a gimmick It’s to prevent accidents! Users falling off/out of chairlifts. Unlike when travelling in a motor vehicle it is not compulsory to wear a seat belt when operating a stair lift.

In my many years as a Stairlift Engineer I have been asked to attend homes where the occupants have alleged they have fallen off/out of their stair lift. Arriving on site and carrying out a full inspection of the chairlift and seat belt mechanism no faults were found and all seems to be in order I ask a simple question! Were you wearing your seatbelt at the time of the incident.

You would be amazed at some of the answers I received to this question! A few are unaware their stairlift has a seatbelt or others claim they always wear it religiously. That’s strange not too many signs of wear & tear. You do not need to be Sherlock Holmes to tell if someone uses their seat belt regularly.

Bottom line! If you are wearing your seatbelt as you should be while operating the stairlift then it is imposable to fall off/out of the chair unless of course there is a fault. Hopefully you understand what I’m getting at? If not you is going to open up a tin of worms.

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Eyres, Max "Is The Seat Belt Feature On Stairlifts A Gimmick." Is The Seat Belt Feature On Stairlifts A Gimmick. 6 Aug. 2010. 6 Sep 2017 <>.

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