Karma introduces updated version of VIP reclining wheelchair

Karma Mobility has launched a new version of its VIP wheelchair which has been upgraded to give dealer partners a ‘more comprehensive’ offering.

The VIP2 offers a combination of tilt-in space and reclining positions so users can achieve optimum levels of pressure relief, positioning and comfort at all times.

Mark Duffield, general manager for Karma Mobility, said: “We believe that this latest addition to our range of manual wheelchairs will prove popular with our UK retailers and their customer by offering such comprehensive levels of comfort and adjustment.”

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The VIP2 still has 35 degree tilt and now comes with either a backrest with fixed recline positions or an adjustable reclining back of 30 degrees.

The recline angle of the fixed backrest is adjustable from -5 degrees to 15 degrees.

The VIP2 comes with an adjustable headrest with a greater range of position options while other enhancements include a deeper seat for taller users and a tension adjustable backrest which were options on the VIP-515.

After feedback from retailers and end-users, Karma has addressed the issue of users sliding in reclining wheelchairs.

It has located the pivot point of the chair close to the user’s hip joint which synchronises with the motion of the body and the chair, reducing the sensation of sliding when reclining.

The design of a unique weight-shifting system aims to reduce the feeling of anxiousness some users have when going into the tilt position.

The system allows the centre of gravity to travel between the front and rear wheels while tilting which provides steadier balance and greater feeling of security.

The foldable design of the VIP2 also ensures it can be easily transported in the boot of most standard family sized cars.

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