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School bus seat belts issue may be over

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Parents have been the predominate school bus safety advocates resulting in many of the safety devices now on America's school buses. Poll after poll on the seat belt issue has shown parents overwhelmingly favor seat belts on the buses. IMMI, a leading manufacturer of child-safety restraint systems has developed SafeGuard(TM) School Bus Safety Seats with lap and shoulder belts that resolve many of the issues discounting the use of seat belts on school buses. The demand from parents and this new product may soon be a combination too great for the industry to resist much longer. (jk)

Original story title, First-Of-Its-Kind Safety Seat Reassures Parents, Released June 07, 2001, PRNews Service, Copyright 2001, All Rights Reserved.

First-Of-Its-Kind Safety Seat Reassures Parents

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WESTFIELD, Ind. - In a national survey, eight out of ten parents whose children ride the school bus think that lap and shoulder belts should be required on school buses. And according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) their concerns are well founded. School bus occupant fatalities in 2000 nearly doubled from 1999 and injuries increased by 1,000. In response to heightened awareness of child safety, IMMI, the leading manufacturer of child-safety restraint systems has developed SafeGuard(TM) School Bus Safety Seats with lap and shoulder belts.

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SafeGuard is the first school bus seat designed with lap and shoulder seat belts similar to the seat belts in automobiles. SafeGuard has an easy-to-use, shoulder-belt adjuster that makes the seat comfortable for kindergartners, high school students and adults. SafeGuard also provides protection for unbelted children in a frontal crash, which allows the school bus to meet the current standard of compartmentalization (FMVSS 222). Compartmentalization was designed in 1977 primarily to protect unbelted children in a frontal crash.

IMMI listened to parents concerns about unprotected children on school buses for years. Safety-conscious parents leave the hospital with infants in a child safety seat and continue the buckle-up message with toddlers and on to booster seats. Ironically, the safety message is lost when children begin school and buses are not equipped with lap and shoulder belts.

"A lap shoulder belt will give you better protection in frontal crashes and it will also give you effective protection in side impact crashes and rollover." According to Brian O'Neill, President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, "So, the ideal solution for the school bus is compartmentalization, plus a good lap and shoulder belt."


"A child in a rollover crash in a school bus is not protected with the current standard."
-- Harry Templin, Director of CAPE
IMMI introduced SafeGuard to attendees of the International Child Passenger Safety Technical Conference (ICPSTC) held June 2-6 in Indianapolis, by conducting a crash test of a full-size school bus outfitted with belted and unbelted crash-test dummies into a crash barrier. The crash test was conducted on June 4, at the Center for Product Evaluation (CAPE), a division of IMMI. The results clearly showed crash-test dummies restrained with a lap and shoulder belt were less likely to sustain serious injury.

IMMI Rollover Test
IMMI ROLLOVER TEST
The school bus rollover impact test, conducted on CAPE's one-of-a-kind rollover test machine, demonstrated how vulnerable children could be in a school bus rollover crash. The unbelted crash dummies in the test left their seats and struck the roof of the school bus, sustaining serious injuries, while the belted crash dummies in the SafeGuard seat were safely restrained.

"Unbelted children in a school bus rollover crash are very vulnerable, they look quite similar to clothes tumbling in a dryer as the bus rolls," says Harry Templin, Director of CAPE. "A child in a rollover crash in a school bus is not protected with the current standard. What concerns IMMI is that only 40% of all school bus crashes involve the front of the bus, leaving children unprotected without lap and shoulder belts."

The school bus barrier crash for ICPSTC attendees demonstrated five years of extensive research and over six hundred hours of testing on SafeGuard. Developmental research at CAPE included rollover impact, crash barrier, sled, ride, and durability testing. IMMI engineers also met with parents, safety advocates, state legislatures, school bus manufacturers and school transportation directors listening to all their concerns about child passenger safety on school buses.

School districts will be able to order the SafeGuard School Bus Seat in the fall of 2001 and parents and children can look for the SafeGuard School Bus Seat on school buses in the fall of 2002. -- IMMI Website. -- Real Player Bus Crash Test Video. --
More Real Player Bus Crash Test Videos.

See Also: School bus seat belts issue heating up

DEATH AT THE SCHOOL BUS STOP - what happens, how it happens and how to prevent it

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DEATH AT THE SCHOOL BUS STOP
More kids die at their bus stop, many run over by their own school bus, than die in the 55,000 school bus crashes that occur in the United States each year. 2safeschools looks at how parents and school staff can help prevent death at the school bus stop. Click Here for: Death at the school bus stop. Click Here for: 2safeschools Press Release. Click Here for: Free training presentation.

Free Danger Zone Flyer - Free browser printable flyer, "Danger at the school bus stop," covering bus stop safety. Recommend minimum 300 dpi, may have to scale down printer output on some printers.

The summary videos here were inspired by the parents of 7-year-old, Tara Bates. Tara died after being run over by a school bus outside her elementary school in Lakeville, Minnesota. (See IN LOVING MEMORY below): Video - A summary of the rules of riding the school bus and: Video - Three school bus safety rules explained

In Loving Memory - Memorial sites of school and school bus victims.
The School Bus Seat Belt Issue - An in-depth look at seat belts on the big yellow buses. Plenty of helpful links at the end of this article."
NHTSA School Bus Safety Document Index An excellent library of School bus safety brochures, reports and activity pages - PDF format
Michael's Death
A mom writes about the day a school bus accident changed her life forever.
Aleana's Death - On Tuesday January 9, 2001; Aleana Johnson, 5, stepped off of her school bus and was run over, crushed and killed instantly by her school bus. She never had a chance.
Jimmy's Story
Don't leave the choice of whether your children live or die in the hands of a sexual predator!
Top Prioriy Poll
What "should" be the school bus driver's top Priority? Note: Non 2safeschools members can participate in this poll by clicking on GUEST at login.
A Mother's Story - What this mom did when the school and therapy failed her out-of-control son. Excellent reading for Parents and School Staff dealing with an out-of-control teen and nothing else has worked.
How to help keep kids safe
Tips to parents and school staff on helping to keep kids safe at school and on the schools bus.
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