Safety

New school bus seat, ownership shift at SynTec

Thomas McMahon
Posted on July 30, 2012
SynTec’s new S3C school bus seat can be converted between belted and non-belted seating for passengers.

SynTec’s new S3C school bus seat can be converted between belted and non-belted seating for passengers.

HIGH POINT, N.C. — School bus seating supplier SynTec has a new product coming to market and a shift in ownership that officials said will provide more engineering and financial resources.

SynTec Seating Solutions’ new S3C school bus seat can be converted between belted and non-belted seating for passengers. The product is being displayed at industry trade shows, and it will be available on school buses starting this fall.

The S3C is the first product in SynTec’s new S3 family of seats. It has a common base and interchangeable backs, allowing for several seating options: non-belted, lap belts, lap-shoulder belts and integrated child seats.

Larry Bannon, vice president of new business development at SynTec, told SBF that the process of switching the seat backs takes only two minutes and involves six bolts and one torque.

In other news, SynTec is now fully owned by Takata, a global seat belt and air bag maker. Previously, SynTec was a joint venture between M2K LLC and Takata USA, with each owning 50% of the shares. Takata, whose U.S. headquarters is in Auburn Hills, Mich., recently acquired M2K’s 50% of the shares.

Bannon said that the ownership shift opens up more resources for the school bus seating supplier.

“Takata is a global company with over 35,000 employees, and their sales are about $4 billion a year,” Bannon said. “We will be able to leverage even more of their engineering expertise, plus financial strength, plus testing facilities.”

Takata also has offices in Greensboro, N.C., near SynTec’s High Point headquarters. (High Point is also home to Thomas Built Buses.)

In addition to Bannon, SynTec’s leadership team includes General Manager Tony Domabyl, OEM Sales and Marketing Manager Rick Smith and Director of Engineering John Baer.

Domabyl, Smith and Baer joined SynTec last year. The company also recently brought on Shane Wright as dealer account manager.

“Over the last 18 months, we’ve been making a conscious effort to strengthen the organization with a good, solid base of industry knowledge,” Bannon said. “Takata brings the technology when it comes to occupant protection and lap-shoulder belts. The school bus knowledge is what [SynTec’s] management brings.”

Related Topics: North Carolina, seat belts, seating

Thomas McMahon Executive Editor
Comments ( 5 )
  • Ron Martell

     | about 4 years ago

    We have 40 thomas school busses 07-13 just want to get price of seat if we wanted to convert over to S3C seats

  • See all comments
More Stories
News

Mother Gets Probation for Assaulting School Bus Driver

Kiesha Shannon of Ohio pleads guilty to attacking her daughter’s bus driver and is sentenced to three years of probation. The judge says he had limited sentencing options, which is why he didn’t give her jail time.

Product

Portable Child Restraint

HSM Transportation Solutions’ C.E. White Portable Child Restraint for school buses, a five-point restraint system, is designed to accommodate children weighing 20 to 90 pounds and up to 57 inches in height.

Product

2-Camera System

The DS2 is a two-camera vehicle event recording system that combines high-definition video recording, fleet telematics, and vehicle operating data on one screen for better incident review and driver coaching.

As Maryland’s new state director of pupil transportation, Gabriel Rose (seen here) replaces Leon Langley, who stepped down from the position in July.
News

New State Director Named in Maryland

Gabriel Rose, who previously served as a security specialist for Talbot County (Md.) Public Schools, replaces Leon Langley as state director.

According to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers who miss one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep nearly double their risk for a crash.
Article

Don't Skimp on Safety Sleep

According to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers who miss one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep nearly double their risk for a crash.

In the wake of the Nov. 21 fatal crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee, state lawmakers have introduced several bills that take aim at school bus safety. Photo courtesy Chattanooga Fire Department
News

Tennessee Legislators Target School Bus Safety

One bill would require seat belts on school buses in Tennessee. Other proposals aim to raise the state’s minimum age for school bus drivers and increase oversight of pupil transportation.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!