Failsafe pushchair brake

Project  / Project number: NW 25/05 2007  /  Status:

The challenge

Failsafe brakeThe client is a young mother who has epilepsy and was concerned about losing control of her pushchair in the event of a seizure.

A bicycle brake lever was fitted on the handlebar of the pushchair which operated a plunger which engaged with a toothed wheel on the axle. Removal of her hand from the lever causes the plunger to engage and lock the wheels, creating a dead man’s brake.

The client now feels much safer when pushing her baby, particularly on inclines.