Seat Belts

NHTSA Updates School Bus Seat Belt Final Rule with Three Clarifications

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published three proposed changes to the October 2008 final rule on seat belts in school buses centering on how the height of occupant torso belts are measured, integrated seat belts for wheelchairs and the self-latching requirement for seat cushions.

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Alabama Seat Belt Study: Money Best Spent Around School Bus Danger Zone

Gov. Bob Riley, his appointed study group and officials at the Alabama Department of Education were presented with findings from a three-year school bus seat belt study that found occupant restraint systems are not as cost effective as making improvements to the danger zone while loading and unloading students.

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IMMI Engineers Take Possession of Excellence Award

An engineering team that developed the Premier seat for motorcoaches that offers school bus compartmentalization and three-point, lap/shoulder restraints along with ride comfort were awarded with the 2009 SAE Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering at the SAE 2010 World Congress last month.

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Taking Capacity Out of the Argument

New SafeGuard seat solves capacity issues related to school bus seat belts


The public demand for seat belts — namely three-point lap/shoulder restraints — in school buses is growing. And with the recent passage of a Texas bill that requires all school buses purchased on or after Sept. 1, 2010, be equipped with three-point lap/shoulder restraints, demand is clearly having an effect on how other state legislators are voting.

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School Bus Safety Data

The following information from the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the school transportation industry reflect and represent safety data at a glance regarding yellow school buses and school transportation programs within the Unitied States.

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