“School buses and other vehicles not required to have seat belts are exempt from the NC CPS law. Small school buses that are required to have seat belts ARE covered under this law,” according to the North Carolina School Bus Safety Web.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the construction of school buses removes the need for seat belts.
“Large school buses are heavier and distribute crash forces differently than do passenger cars and light trucks. Because of these differences, the crash forces experienced by occupants of buses are much less than that experienced by occupants of passenger cars, light trucks or vans. NHTSA decided that the best way to provide crash protection to passengers of large school buses is through a concept called ‘compartmentalization.’ This requires that the interior of large buses provide occupant protection such that children are protected without the need to buckle-up. Through compartmentalization, occupant crash protection is provided by a protective envelope consisting of strong, closely-spaced seats that have energy-absorbing seat backs,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Date posted: March 22, 2011
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