National Transportation Safety Board

Federal board recommends seatbelts on all new school buses after deadly crashes, including one in Baltimore

Federal board recommends seatbelts on all new school buses after deadly crashes, including one in Baltimore

A federal transportation panel on Tuesday recommended to states that all new large school buses be equipped with both lap and shoulder seatbelts, which the board chairman called a “tried and true” safety protection.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates transportation disasters, approved the recommendation Tuesday in Washington. The board also recommended requiring collision-avoidance systems and automatic emergency brakes on new school buses.

The recommendations, which aren't binding on government agencies or the transportation industry, came just days after a school bus collided with a dump truck in New Jersey, killing a student and teacher, in...

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