A school bus is seen during a safety event for children at Trailside Middle School, in Ashburn, Virginia on August 25, 2015.
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November 9, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is endorsing three-point seat belts on school buses for the first time.

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind speaking on Sunday acknowledged that the agency “has not always spoken with a clear voice on the issue of seat belts on school buses.”

In the past, NHTSA has suggested that retrofitting school buses with seat belts was a costly proposition and that buses, sans seat belts, were safe.

“The position of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is that seat belts save lives,” Rosekind said. “That is true whether in a passenger car or in a big…

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