New, Convertible Seating Solution from Blue Bird and HSM Offers Easy Transition to Seat Belts

This new convertible solution allows the customer to change the seat back frame to have a three point or child-restraint seat without having to purchase all new seats for reinstallation into the bus.

We have made it more comfortable for students, economically friendly for school districts, and easy for drivers to work around. I’d say we have made the perfect school bus seat!

In an announcement made at the Transporting Students with Disabilities (TSD) Conference in Frisco, Texas, Blue Bird and supplier partner, HSM, announced an exclusive seating option that will be available for order for all Blue Bird and Micro Bird school buses in summer of 2017. This convertible solution allows the customer to change the seat back frame to have a three point or child-restraint seat without having to purchase all new seats for reinstallation into the bus.

The seat back frame of the convertible NextGen seat is secured by four bolts, which can be easily removed, in order to replace it with one of the other options offered, including 3-point seat belt, 3-point with child restraint, lap belt ready and child restraint only options. The bottom cushion of the seat also tilts completely up, allowing the area under the seat to be more accessible. Just one seat leg down the aisle on gusset-mounted seats also reduces the floor space used for easier cleaning, and reduces the amount of parts used.

The seats were also designed to take up less space. “Based on seat spacing tests, the new seats were able to increase the maximum passenger capacities on many bus configurations,” said Tony Everett, president of HSM. “Some bus configurations were able to fit up to six additional passengers, due to the space savings these seats provide.”

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