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Where We Stand: Safety Restraints on the School Bus

To ensure the safety of children while they are being transported to school, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly recommends that all children travel in age-appropriate and properly secured child restraint systems in all motor vehicles.

The AAP has had a long-standing position that new school buses should have safety restraints. Parents should work with school districts to encourage that every new bus be equipped with lap/shoulder seat belt restraints that also can accommodate car seats, booster seats, and harness systems. School districts should provide height- and weight-appropriate car seats and restraint systems for all children of preschool age; these systems include booster seats with a three-point belt.

When districts have policies on seat belt use, children tend to be better behaved and they are less likely to distract the driver.

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Last Updated
Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5, 6th Edition (Copyright © 2015 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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