The National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday called for new national requirements for seating and seat belt systems on limousines, citing evidence gathered in investigations of accidents in New York, Illinois and New Jersey.
The NTSB’s Safety Recommendation Report recommended that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration require lap/shoulder belts for each passenger seating position on all new vehicles modified to be used as limousines. It also requires seating systems in these vehicles to meet minimum performance standards to ensure their integrity during a crash.
Exactly one year ago, on October 6, 2018, a stretch limousine suffered a catastrophic brake failure on a long hill near Schoharie, NY, and at the point where it eventually ran off the road and crashed it also hit two pedestrians. Those two people, plus the 18 in the vehicle, were all killed.