ERIC Number: ED070207
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jul-29
Reference Count: N/A
Special Study: Inadequate Structural Assembly of Schoolbus Bodies. The Accidents at Decatur and Huntsville, Alabama.
National Transportation Safety Board (DOT), Washington, DC. Bureau of Surface Transportation Safety.
This study reviews some examples of injuries received in two school bus accidents; explains how the design of joints and fastenings in the buses was involved in the injuries and in the structural strength of schoolbuses; and compares schoolbus construction with construction of other types of buses that employ more efficient and complete fastenings. The study relates entirely to the type of schoolbus that is manufactured by attaching a schoolbus body to a truck chassis. The examples in this study involve different makes and models of schoolbuses. Although there are indications that the problems discussed are widespread, the study has not covered all makes and models of this general type. The study also discusses the factors of cost, safety benefits, and justice factors in the protection of the child passengers involved. (Photographs may reproduce poorly.) (Author)
Descriptors: Accident Prevention, Assembly (Manufacturing), Cost Effectiveness, Design Requirements, Equipment Standards, School Buses, Sheet Metal Work, Traffic Accidents, Traffic Safety
National Technical Information Service, 5258 Port Royal Road, Springfield, Virginia 22151. (PB-193-523, MF $.95, HC $3.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Transportation Safety Board (DOT), Washington, DC. Bureau of Surface Transportation Safety.