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November 22, 1985

Seats on School Buses

Author Affiliations

Jacksonville, Fla

JAMA. 1985;254(20):2892. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360200042015

To the Editor.—  In regard to the editorial entitled "Bless the Seats and the Children: The Physician and the Legislative Process"1 mentioned in the letter from Martha Spital2 of the National Coalition for Seatbelts on School Buses, I would like to point out a virtually nonused safety devise that could be instituted immediately and can bypass the use of seat belts.If seats on school buses (on all buses for that matter) were installed facing backwards, dangers from a forward impact could be virtually eliminated. In such an impact, the rider could be pushed further into the back of the seat rather than cast forward to strike some part of the bus.As far back as World War II, British military passenger-carrying aircraft, whose seats faced toward the rear, had a far lower incidence of ground taxiing injuries than aircraft with seats facing forward.