Despite severe damage, rear portions of the passenger compartment remained relatively intact, maintaining space for occupants to survive.
WASHINGTON, D.C.-– The National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday called for new national requirements for seating and seat belt systems on limousines, citing evidence gathered in investigations of accidents in New York, Illinois and New Jersey.
The NTSB’s Safety Recommendation Report recommended that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration require lap/shoulder belts for each passenger seating position on all new vehicles modified to be used as limousines. It also requires seating systems in these vehicles to meet minimum performance standards to ensure their integrity during a crash.
Related media coverage:
Seat Belts Could Have Saved Lives / New York Post
Seat Belts Were Unreachable For Passengers In Crash / Albany Times-Union
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