our mission

Making Safety Accessible

We believe all mobility passengers deserve access to the same level of safety as those around them. Through research and development, engineering and support, to providing innovative solutions, we are Making Safety Accessible.

our promise

Thinking Beyond Safety

This promise is how we live our mission and extends into our areas of operation and influence. As the most trusted provider of mobility passenger safety solutions worldwide, Thinking Beyond Safety also means we are:

Thinking Beyond Quality:

This is not our pinnacle, it is our foundation.

Thinking Beyond Testing:

Continuous testing. Never accepting we have done enough.

Thinking Beyond Standards:

From simply meeting, to leading and setting new ones.

Thinking Beyond Training:

Commission the right tools into the right hands.

Thinking Beyond Products:

Ahead of Heavy Duty products, comes the Highest Duty Solutions.

Our history

Q’STRAINT BEGAN WITH A SIMPLE QUESTION:
How can wheelchair passengers be safely secured in vehicles?

In the 1970s, a team of students and specialists at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada set out to find the answer.

Their research demonstrated that wheelchair passengers have unique safety needs requiring unique safety solutions, which, at the time, did not exist. So the research team developed the world’s first fully integrated 4-point wheelchair passenger securement system. Q’STRAINT was the first to introduce this innovative system to the global transportation industry.

Today, Q’STRAINT continues to build on this tradition of innovation, advancing its mission of providing safe accessibility to everyone by developing the world’s highest quality, wheelchair passenger safety solutions.

Company milestones

1984

Q’STRAINT is established when Queen’s University licenses its integrated 4-point wheelchair passenger securement system and Q’Straint introduces the system to the marketplace. Q’STRAINT’s first office opens in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.

1985

Q’STRAINT is the first securement company to apply the “sled test” for testing automotive safety belts used in wheelchair passenger securement systems.

1987

Q’STRAINT’s global reach expands with the establishment of a local distributor in Queensland, Australia.

1991

Q’STRAINT is asked by the NHTSA to contribute its expertise to the development of wheelchair transportation regulations in the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

1993

Q’STRAINT opens an office in Whitstable, United Kingdom to meet growing international demand throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

1996

Q’STRAINT becomes the first and only wheelchair securement company to earn ISO 9000 registration.

1997

Q’STRAINT relocates its North American headquarters to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, serving North and South America. A sales and distribution center remains in Cambridge, Ontario, providing local service to the Canadian market.

1999

Q’STRAINT develops and introduces the world’s first self-tensioning, self-locking wheelchair passenger securement system.

2004

Q’STRAINT products are used in para-transit vehicles at the Athens Paralympic Games.

2005

Q’STRAINT UK earns the “Investor in People” designation in recognition of its commitment to training and personnel development.

2007

Q’STRAINT UK earns the prestigious Queen’s Award for International Trade, recognized for its significant growth in exports to over 40 countries.

2008

Q’STRAINT products are used in para-transit vehicles at the Beijing Paralympic Games.

2009

Q’STRAINT celebrates 25 years in business.

2012

Q’STRAINT launches the QLK-150 docking station, the first docking station to pass the crash test specifications per WC18/19 standards.

2014

Q’STRAINT celebrates 30 years of on-going commitment to the wheelchair securement industry by launching the iQ Research Centre of Excellence facility to further advance technological innovation in wheelchair passenger safety solutions.

2015

Q’STRAINT completely turns around the industry (literally), by introducing the QUANTUM, the transportation’s first fully automatic rear-facing securement station.

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