State Rep. Robert L. Kosowski last month introduced two bills to the Michigan House with the same goal — requiring seat belts on new school buses — and both remain in the House Transportation Committee. HB 5436, or “The Pupil Transportation Act,” would mandate that all new school buses provide a seat belt for every pupil, yet does not specify if it must be a lap belt or a lap/shoulder belt.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published a notice of proposed rulemaking for the first-ever side impact crash test for child restraint systems for children weighing up to 40 pounds in passenger vehicles.
IMMI, the manufacturer of the SafeGuard line of seat belts and child restraint systems for school buses and other vehicles, crashed a school bus head-on into a concrete barrier at 25 mph to demonstrate the impact lap-shoulder seat belts can have on students.
Earlier this month, the Missouri House approved a bill that would permit school districts to create new revenue by displaying advertisements on school bus interiors and exteriors, and HB 1273 has since been assigned to the Senate Education Committee. But before sending it to the Senate, the House enacted an amendment that bundles in a separate, and equally controversial, issue — seat belts.
A child passenger safety training expert will provide insights into the revised FMVSS 213 that applies to seats for children weighing up to 80 pounds during a free webinar on April 19 sponsored by child safety restraint manufacturer Dorel Juvenile Group and Safe Ride News.
SafeGuard seating products manufacturer IMMI plans to hire more than 100 people to support the increasing demand of lap and shoulder belts on school buses.