Overall, the school bus is the safest way for students to get to and from school and school-related activities. Unfortunately, accidents do happen. Between 2006 and 2015, 301 school-age children died in school transportation-related accidents. Of those, the majority, 102, were killed while approaching or leaving the bus. There were 54 children killed while on the bus. 137 children were killed as passengers in another vehicle. Still, statistics reveal that children who ride the bus are 70% more likely to arrive safely than children who use other methods of transportation. However, there have been 50,000 school buses recalled nationwide as WSB TV reports.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that the 50,000 buses that have been recalled might not have enough padding in the seat backs.
The buses were manufactured by Thomas Built and Gwinnett County may have up to 300 buses affected by the recall. A district spokesperson said that the recall does not put the buses in an out of service status.
Officials for the Gwinnett County School District said that they are waiting for Thomas Built to release the VIN numbers of the buses affected.
School districts that may also be impacted by the recall include Cobb County, DeKalb County, and Clayton County schools. Fulton County said that none of its buses are affected.
All counties advised that they are waiting for the VIN numbers to be released to determine the affected buses.
Have you been injured in an accident? We can help. Call today.