NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - A federal transportation panel is recommending to states that all new large school buses be equipped with seatbelts.
The National Transportation Safety Board approved the lap-shoulder seatbelt recommendation Tuesday in Washington.
Chairman Robert Sumwalt said the agency has previously tiptoed around the issue, saying it's time to take a hard stance.
The recommendation came during a meeting about deadly school bus crashes in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Baltimore in November 2016.
Last week, a student and teacher were killed when a school bus on a field trip collided with a dump truck in New Jersey.
The board recommended that New Jersey, Florida, Louisiana and New York upgrade requirements from lap belts to lap-shoulder belts.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, eight states require seat belts on large school buses.
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