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Top 5 Features and Seats to Consider for Your New Bus Seats

The seats on buses need to be replaced periodically because of normal wear and tear. Choosing the right replacement bus seats depends on several different factors, such as:

  • The Type of Bus: Is the bus used for long distance travel, local public transportation, or as a school bus?
  • The Type of Passengers: Is the bus primary used by adults, children, or families?
  • The Duration of Travel: What is the average time passengers are on board and how long will the driver be driving the bus?

The Amount of Space: Do not forget to take into account sufficient leg room in between rows, as well as for aisle access.

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Once you consider these factors, the next step to selecting the best seats is to determine what features you desire. The top 5 features to consider include:

  1. Safety Features: You want to make sure the seats you select incorporate various safety features like seat belts. Even though seat belts are not mandatory for most passengers, having passenger seats with seatbelts can improve overall safety.
  2. Comfort Features: The level of comfort you provide your passengers will result in people riding your buses more frequently. Most people desire reclining seats with head rests and arm rests.
  3. Seat Material: The materials used to construct the seat are equally important as selecting the best seats. You want materials that can provide comfort, yet, at the same time, which are durable.
  4. Color: The color of the seats you select should match your bus brand.

Ease of Cleaning: You want seats that are easy to clean. Accidents are bound to happen, and the last thing you want is an unsightly stain on your seat.

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In addition to these features, the driver’s seat should be easy to adjust to accommodate different drivers. The seat should be able to be moved forward and backward, as well as raised and lowered to suit the driver’s preferences.

For assistance in selecting the right replacement seats for your buses, please feel free to contact Suburban Seating & Safety at (844) SAS.SEAT or (844) 727-7328 today!

Adding Seat Belts to Buses Could Save Lives


Seat belts have saved countless lives since becoming standard equipment for passenger automobiles in the mid-20th century. Private and public buses, including school buses, have yet to make seat belts standard, although many buses have them.


Seat Belts to Buses

Research shows that installing seat belts in bus seats can reduce serious injuries and fatalities. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics has been recommending that school buses require three-point seat belts at all times. The National Safety Council agrees, but believes such guidelines should apply to all buses—including public transportation systems.


However, some Americans still have questions. If you’ve been wondering why should school buses have seat belts, you might find the information in this post enlightening.

The Current Situation

School buses, municipal buses, and other buses are already designed to minimize harm in the event of an accident. The spacing and cushioning of seats on buses are designed to keep occupants from being flung around in an accident and to absorb force. This approach effectively increases passenger safety in an accident compared to a car, truck, or van.


Buses are very safe—in fact, most injuries and fatalities in crashes involving buses occur in the other vehicles involved in these crashes. It is exceptionally rare for parties on a bus to experience serious injury or death in the same accidents, mostly because buses are larger and heavier and have a more solid frame.


Nevertheless, installing seat belts in buses could help further reduce fatalities and injuries among bus occupants involved in crashes.

About Bus Accidents

A significant minority of bus crashes involve rollovers or ejections from the vehicle. This is the strongest argument for seat belts on buses. Padded seats and smart spacing alone cannot protect against the type of injuries someone may experience if they are thrown against the ceiling, or worse yet, out of a window or door. At that point, the risk comes from the impact itself.


Seat belts can help prevent or mitigate injuries in accidents where buses roll over because they keep the passenger in the seat, rather than allowing them to eject. They can also prevent passengers from being thrown hard against the ceiling or floor, which reduces the risk of head injuries and broken bones.

Arguments Against Seat Belts on School Buses

Despite the evidence for seat belts being a wise choice in buses, there are some arguments against seat belts on school buses. These primarily relate to how much such an endeavor would cost and whether or not the risk is high enough to justify the change in the first place.


Retrofitting buses with seat belts and installing them on new buses does carry some additional cost. A University of Alabama study says that installing seat belts on school buses would add about $8,000 to $15,000 to the cost of a bus. Adding seat belts to public transit and private charter buses would likely have similar costs.


Bus travel is already widely acknowledged as the safest form of land transportation, and some believe this may be enough of an argument against seat belts on school buses all on its own. A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that examined motor coach fatalities between 1996 and 2005 found that, on average, there were only about 14 fatalities in bus accidents each year.


Others believe that 14 fatalities are 14 too many—and they’re right. Adding seat belts to the mix could make bus travel even safer, bringing the loss of life in motorcoach accidents closer to zero.

Legal Debates and Legislation

Just because legislation to make seat belts necessary on buses doesn’t exist now, it doesn’t mean it won’t exist in the future. In fact, in early May of this year, Congress debated this exact topic. So far, there is immense bipartisan support for at least a regulation making three-point seat belts mandatory on school buses. The bill hasn’t yet passed, and it isn’t clear whether it might apply to transportation buses, too, or just school buses.


Suburban Seating & Safety provides truck seating, bus seating, and related products to transportation clients. You can outfit your commercial or education sector bus for safety and comfort with our help. Choose from a wide variety of products, including custom truck seats, truck accessories, bus gear, and specialized seat belts, and ensure the lives you are entrusted with each day are always protected and safe.


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Four Signs Your Transit Bus Seats Are Worn Out

Hundreds of thousands of city buses and private transit buses hit the road each morning to take people to work and tourists to their destinations. Keeping bus seats in good shape helps municipalities and other bus owners maximize their investment in their buses and ensure passenger health and safety.


Transit Bus Seats

Transit buses aren’t cheap, and many municipalities face huge budgetary challenges, as tax revenue is still a struggle for many communities. As a result, many cities and governmental organizations are doing their best to make buses last as long as possible. The average municipal transit bus has been on the road for eight years or more.


Tourists and commuters can be tough on equipment, and bus seats are no exception. Along with regular wear and temperature-related damage, bus seats are often intentionally damaged by unruly children.


Worn-out seats can be uncomfortable for students and others, making them more likely to act out on the bus. They can also pose risks to their health and safety, as worn out seats increase the risk of injury or do not provide adequate protection in the event of a crash.


Here are a few signs you may need to replace your bus seats:


  • Vinyl is torn and cloth underneath is exposed – Some bus owners may think that having the cloth underneath the vinyl exposed isn’t a big deal, but it is. The vinyl is often the flame retardant part of the bus seat. The cloth underneath may not be. If the cloth underneath is exposed, it can ignite in the event of a fire. The flame retardant vinyl would be slower to burn, giving people more time to flee the bus.
  • Bus seats are loose – A loose bus seat may cause an injury if it detaches from the floor and causes a passenger to fall or strike another surface on the bus. Bus seats should be connected securely to the floor of the bus.
  • Cushioning is worn out – Worn out seat cushions aren’t going to be comfortable and can contribute to injury if they’ve deteriorated to the point where bracing underneath the seat can be felt through it.
  • Seat backs are worn out – Seat backs need to be well-padded, as it is likely that passengers will strike them if there’s an accident and the occupants of the bus are flung around.

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New Laws in Tennessee Will Crack Down on Texting-While-Driving Bus Drivers

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Tennessee is currently in the process of increasing the penalties for bus drivers who are caught texting while driving. What prompted a change to the law was a crash in December 2014, where two school buses collided and resulted in the deaths of two children and a teacher’s aide.


Currently, there is a law in place that prohibits bus drivers from texting while driving, or from using their smartphones to make calls while there are children on the bus and/or the bus is in motion, other than if there is an emergency. If a bus driver is caught violating the current law, they only face a Class C Misdemeanor with a $50 penalty.




Lawmakers feel this punishment is not significant enough to get bus drivers to stop texting while driving a bus full of children and/or people. As such, new legislation was introduced to make the punishment more severe for bus drivers caught texting or on their smartphones. The bill has already flown through Tennessee’s State Senate unopposed, and it has won approval from every senator. Now the bill has to make its way through the Tennessee House of Representatives, where it is currently under review.


Under the new law, should the bill pass and take effect, any bus drivers caught texting or talking on their smartphones while driving, after July 1, 2016, will face a minimum $1,000 fine and a minimum of 30 days in jail. In addition, the bus driver would no longer be allowed to operate a bus in the State of Tennessee. It will be interesting to see if the bill will pass and if other states will follow suit in increasing the severity of their laws, too.


For all of your bus transportation seating and bus seat parts, to keep your drivers comfortable and safe while they are transporting children and/or people, call SuburbanSeating & Safety today at (844) SAS.SEAT (or 844-727-7328).