Americans come up with new safety standards for limousinesOctober 7, 2019
The reason for this was a terrible accident, which claimed the lives of 20 people. Having completed an investigation into this tragedy, the American National Transportation Safety Council (NTSB) has issued new recommendations that can help make transporting people in limousines safer.
A year ago, in the state of New York, a Ford Excursion-based limousine got into an accident, which killed 20 people at once. This is a driver of a car, 17 of its passengers and two pedestrians. This accident triggered the development of new recommendations regarding transport safety. It turned out that the failed brakes of a limousine, which had not been inspected for two years, led to a tragic accident. In this case, the driver of the car did not have access to the commercial transport of passengers. There was another violation: a limousine could accommodate only ten passengers, in fact, there were 18 people in the car.
The owner of the limousine was arrested, accused of criminal negligence, which entailed a manslaughter of the second degree.
After the investigation into this incident was completed, NTSB experts made new recommendations to make limousine travel safer. In the accident, people died due to emergency seats detached from the mounts along the sides. Ford’s original Ford seats remained in place, but none of those in the limo were fastened. As a result, the NTSB demanded to abolish the exclusion of seat belts for this kind of car, as well as oblige manufacturers of elongated cars to test the seat fastenings for strength similar to factory crash tests. Another prerequisite is that the brakes and suspension must be designed for the increased size and weight of the car.
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