The bus manufacturer now installs three-point passenger belts on all of its shuttle models.
The new devices are expected to become commercially available within the next year, and could reduce fatality chances by 77%.
The NHTSA says seat belts alone would reduce the risk of serious or fatal injuries in rollover crashes by 77%.
Figures show 29% of fatal motorcoach crashes result in rollover; 70% of passenger fatalities stem from ejections.
The American Bus Association helped work with the U.S. Department of Transportation to ensure proper research.
The federal ruling issued today excludes school buses and city transit buses.
Passengers aboard the bus suffered minor to moderate injuries while the party bus driver is not at fault in the Sunday morning accident.
Seat belts could prevent injuries during bus crashes, but may hinder ability to escape during fires, operator says.
In Canada’s province of Ontario, where seat belt usage is mandatory, a total of 248,004 accidents, in which drivers were buckled up, were reported in 1983; nearly 86% of those accidents had no injury at all.
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