The National Transportation Safety Board, investigating a school bus accident that injured 51 people, recommended Nov. 14 that emergency doors with protruding metal latches be redesigned and bus seat cushions have fail-safe latches.

But the panel said the upstate New York accident failed to yield sought-after evidence on the effectiveness of seat belts.

Investigators believe most of the students on the bus were wearing seat belts when the bus collided with a dump truck


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