There are several essential factors if you are considering purchasing a wheelchair-accessible SUV. First, there are safety considerations, such as crash testing. While FMVSS does not address the use of wheelchairs as seats, groups of stakeholders have applied crash protection principles and precedents from other vehicle types to develop voluntary industry standards that apply to wheelchairs.
When purchasing a wheelchair-accessible SUV, the airbag and seatbelt systems are the most important safety considerations. Seat belts have been standard in vehicles for over 50 years, but their use in wheelchairs is relatively new. Airbags can cause serious injuries, especially if occupants are close to the steering wheel. Disabling airbags can help prevent severe injuries, but not all wheelchairs are built this way.