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Bus driver accused of tying autistic student to seat

Guardians of the 3-year-old boy claim the Denver Public Schools driver tied the boy to his seat because he learned how to unbuckle his harness. A district spokesperson confirmed that the driver “was using an unapproved seat belt-like device," and the district is investigating the incident.

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Special-needs students help assemble restraints

About 60 students from a Florida school have been participating in the production of Q'Straint restraints, performing pre-assembly and packaging. The program has helped the students develop job skills and contribute to their own safety in transportation.

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Portable child restraint system folds into carrying case

HSM’s system enables schools and transportation companies to provide a five-point restraint system that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requirements for children, according to the company. When not in use, the seat converts to a carrying case with an adjustable strap that creates a handle or shoulder strap for easy transport and storage.

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NHTSA child restraints video now on DVD

For transporting very young children who must be secured in child safety restraint systems, the agency's free video covers the key steps of selection, direction, location and installation. It also demonstrates the proper placement of children in a safety restraint.

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Students to undergo weigh-ins, measuring for bus securement rule

Under a provincial regulation in Nova Scotia, children who are under age 9 and are smaller than 4 feet 9 inches and 40 pounds must be secured in a child restraint system on their school bus. Schools in Halifax will begin weighing and measuring elementary school students next month.

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NAPT Technology Showcase

Here’s a look at some of the latest pupil transportation products that were on view at the NAPT trade show in Portland, Ore. New offerings included a student safety seat, a three-point latch vest and a wheelchair securement module.

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Buckle Guard Pro

Buckle Guard Pro deters young children from unbuckling their seat belts while riding in a motorized vehicle. The device features an FDA-approved “Push and Turn” child safety cap, which secures it.

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Special-needs student falls from moving bus, dies

Six-year-old Jeremy Jennings Jr. opens the bus’ rear door and falls onto the road, sustaining traumatic brain injuries. Family members, who took him off of life support two days later, question why he wasn’t in the harness that his state-mandated education plan required him to have.

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Review: Expert guidance on safety restraints

The School Bus Safety Handbook is deemed “the definitive authority” on installing car seats, safety vests and wheelchairs on school buses in this review by pupil transportation consultant Ted Finlayson-Schueler.

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