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Murray praises industry support and involvement, NHTSA Final Rule on safety harnesses
E-Z-ON Products, Inc of Florida launches new web site!

firstLetter_Murray praises industry support and involvement, NHTSA Final Rule on safety harnesses

JUPITER, FLORIDA. Connie Murray, president of E-Z-ON Products, Inc. of Florida, praised the widely-supported Final Rule issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on March 8, 2004, which “permanently” adopts the interim amendments permitting the manufacture of harnesses designed to attach to school bus seats.

In February of 2002, Murray petitioned NHTSA to exempt school bus seats from Section 5.3.1 of FMVSS213, the standard that prohibits child restraints from mounting to a vehicle’s seat back.

After reviewing comments, test results, and accident reports presented by the pupil transportation industry, NHTSA responded with an October 2002 interim ruling exempting school bus seats in order to “facilitate the transportation of preschool and special needs children and to relieve the restriction imposed by FMVSS213.”.

Concerned about over-loading of the seatback in an accident, NHTSA also added a labeling requirement warning that seat-mounted harnesses must only be used on school bus seats, and the seat behind the child wearing the seat-mounted harness must be either unoccupied or occupied by restrained passengers.

NHTSA noted in the final rule that “a large majority” of the 100 commenters supported making the exemption permanent, and listed supporters as including “state departments of education, school transportation associations, public and independent school districts, school transportation facilities, school bus operators, Head Start programs, individuals employed in the pupil transportation industry, physical therapists, child restraint manufacturers, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a certified child passenger safety technician.”

Murray praised the pupil transportation industry for its “extraordinary” participation. “Professionals from many different levels and sectors of the pupil transportation industry responded to the call to relate their experiences, and some reported real-world school bus accidents. Their input helped NHTSA to make an informed decision. From school bus drivers to state directors of pupil transportation, everyone contributed to the process. It was also gratifying to see the overwhelmingly supportive comments that NHTSA received for making the exemptions permanent.”

Murray added, “The 20-year track record of seat-mounted safety harnesses was publicly scrutinized during a rigorous rule-making process. They were shown to be a safe and effective option highly valued by pupil transporters. Now, the federal safety standard reflects the pupil transportation industry’s long-standing, thoroughly tested, and field-proven practice of transporting pupils with Seat-Mounted Harnesses and Vests. I also believe the final rule’s labeling requirement will promote proper use of seat-mounted harnesses.”

firstLetter_E-Z-ON Products, Inc of Florida launches new web site!

After much patient anticipation, the new EZONpro.com has arrived, along with a plethora of new and updated features and information!

Our new web site will allow people all over the world to get instant and accurate information about our products. Whether you are looking for a vest or harness for a car or school bus, you can find distributors who can supply the safety products that you need.

Join E-Z-ON at the 2017 TSD Conference & Trade Show for a “Big Texas Surprise”

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Newsletter | Comments Off on Join E-Z-ON at the 2017 TSD Conference & Trade Show for a “Big Texas Surprise”

The Transporting Students with Disabilities & Preschoolers Conference and Trade Show, otherwise known as TSD, will be taking place in Frisco, Texas, at the Embassy Suites Dallas-Frisco Hotel, Convention Center, and Spa. E-Z-ON PRODUCTS, INC. of FLORIDA® (E-Z-ON®) is preparing for the show, and will be there both during the event, the trade show preview, and the show itself. Join E-Z-ON the Evening Before the Conference for a Big Texas Surprise! The Trade Show Sneak Peek Preview Reception, which takes place on Sunday, March 19th from 7...

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When to Replace the Safety Restraints in Your Family Vehicle

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in Family Vehicle Safety | Comments Off on When to Replace the Safety Restraints in Your Family Vehicle

E-Z-ON PRODUCTS, INC. of FLORIDA knows the importance of owning a safety restraint that properly protects us against the dangers of the road. Safety restraints have often protected individuals from serious injury during an otherwise fatal accident, and these devices are essential to our protection, but do they last? Surprisingly, many individuals may go through their car’s entire lifespan before replacing a seat belt, a decision that could prove fatal in the event of an accident. So how does one know when seat belt replacement is...

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Closing Out the Year: E-Z-ON Thanks YOU

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Newsletter, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Closing Out the Year: E-Z-ON Thanks YOU

E-Z-ON PRODUCTS, INC. of FLORIDA would like to take a moment to thank all of our friends and customers for their continued support. Designing transportation safety products for adults and children with special needs is more than just a business model for E-Z-ON, it is a passion that we genuinely hope will help families of adults and children with special needs everywhere. Over 1,600 children under 15 years of age die each year from fatal road accidents, a number that can be significantly reduced with proper safety equipment. For E-Z-ON, we...

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3 Ways to Reduce Holiday Travel Stress for Your Child with Special Needs

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways to Reduce Holiday Travel Stress for Your Child with Special Needs

The holidays are meant to be a time for celebration, love, and unity among family and friends – But that doesn’t mean that they are always stress free. Often times the “most wonderful time of year” can bring with it some much unwanted anxiety, especially for parents of children with special needs. E-Z-ON PRODUCTS, INC. of FLORIDA has put together some of our best holiday tips to ensure this time of year is as joyous as possible for you and your family: Here are 3 Ways to Reduce Holiday Travel Stress for Your Child with Special...

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Children’s Safety: The Real Dangers of Halloween

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Children’s Safety: The Real Dangers of Halloween

E-Z-ON PRODUCTS, INC, OF FLORIDA knows the importance of safety when it comes to our children, and holidays are no exception. With Halloween, parents have often been frightened for their children’s safety over the tales of tampered candy on this frightful night, but the real dangers of Halloween might come as somewhat of a shock. Debunking The Myth Many parents will often require a check of their children’s candy upon arriving home from trick or treating, and rightfully so, but did you know that tampered candy isn’t as common as many...

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E-Z-ON PRODUCTS, INC. of FLORIDA® to Exhibit at the NAPT Summit this November

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on E-Z-ON PRODUCTS, INC. of FLORIDA® to Exhibit at the NAPT Summit this November

E-Z-ON PRODUCTS, INC. of FLORIDA®, which specializes in passenger safety restraints for adults and children, especially those with special needs, will be returning to the National Association of Public Transportation’s Annual Summit again this November. The summit, in its 42nd year, will take place November 4th-8th in Kansas City, Missouri. E-Z-ON will be on the show floor, booth number 143, showcasing products, providing demonstrations, and chatting with attendees. Toting the slogan “Our Heroes Wear Harnesses”, E-Z-ON hopes to remind...

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Back to School Blog: Getting Your Child Used to the Bus

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in School Bus Safety | Comments Off on Back to School Blog: Getting Your Child Used to the Bus

The mixture of emotions both you and your child may feel dealing with a new schedule, or perhaps even getting used to a new school can make returning to a routine at the end of summer quite the task. For many parents, the use of the school bus is essential in carrying out day-to-day life. Getting your child acclimated to the idea of riding the school bus can be a daunting task, but with these tips, we hope we can make riding the bus just a little bit easier for both you and your child. Here are five tips for getting you, and your child, used...

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STN Expo Attendees: You’re Invited to E-Z-ON®’s 13th Annual Slot Tournament

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on STN Expo Attendees: You’re Invited to E-Z-ON®’s 13th Annual Slot Tournament

E-Z-ON has declared Monday July 25, 2016, as LUCKY 13 DAY – Think thirteen and hit the slots! Event: E-Z-ON’s 13th Annual Slot Tournament When: Monday, July 25, 8:00pm-10:00pm Where: On the casino floor E-Z-ON PRODUCTS, INC. of FLORIDA® is the proud sponsor of the Annual Slot Tournament, an event that many STN Expo attendees have come to look forward to each year. This will be the tournament’s 13th year running, and all attendees are invited to come together for a lighthearted evening of friendly competition on the slot...

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Every Superhero Needs a Great Sidekick: Honoring Dads that Support Their Special Needs Children

Posted by on Jun 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Every Superhero Needs a Great Sidekick: Honoring Dads that Support Their Special Needs Children

For many parents, one of the greatest joys of raising a child is watching them experience firsts. Their first laugh, first words, and first steps are marked as milestones to be remembered for a lifetime. Parents of children with special needs may often find themselves feeling left out of some of these moments, but this Father’s Day we would like to showcase some crafty fathers who put their special needs design work to the test to create some milestones of their own. One father, excited to watch his 3-year-old son trick or treat on...

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Summer Safety: Staying Aware of Transportation Dangers for Children

Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Family Vehicle Safety | Comments Off on Summer Safety: Staying Aware of Transportation Dangers for Children

Many people find summer to be the most exciting time of year. The weather has warmed up, the water is just right, and school is officially out. Due to a multitude of circumstances, however, the summer months can quickly bring newfound dangers to our families’ everyday commute. Many families, especially those who have children with special needs, use the summer to spend quality time with one another. It is important that when travelling with our families that we remain aware of potential accidents, and be aware of transportation...

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