An Economical Retrofit Seat Belt Design Upgrade for Motor Coaches

The motor coach industry faces a significant challenge to provide the needed safety of seat belts for passengers on older models in the field. Such vehicles were not originally designed to withstand the forces exerted by seat belts during crash scenarios. Industry estimates claim that retrofit of these models with seat belts will be prohibitively expensive as would be the preliminary retirement of the vehicles that were designed before the inclusion of seatbelts. UMass – Amherst in partnership with Sara’s Wish Foundation completed a novel preliminary design of an economical retrofit of older motor coaches with seat belts. In many cases, this design can equip an old motor coach with lap and shoulder restraint seat belts for under $10,000.

Researchers: Douglas Eddy, Conrad Zanzinger, Jeremy Keys