A review of limousine crashes around the country, including the deaths of 19 people a year ago in Schoharie, have led the National Transportation Safety Board to call for new requirements for seating and seat belt systems in the vehicles.

A safety recommendation report released by the agency found stretch limousines should require lap and shoulder belts for each passenger in a seating position and on all new vehicles that have modified to be used as a limos.

And the agency wants the National Limousine Association to conduct an education effort for members on the benefits of property seat belt use.

“It’s disheartening to learn that some passenger vehicles are legally on the road that don’t offer passengers well-designed seats and seat belts,’’ said NTSB Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt. “All vehicle occupants should have the same level of protection, wherever they are seated. And everyone should use seat belts whenever they are available.”

The report came as the NTSB is continuing to investigate the Oct. 6 crash of a stretch limousine in upstate New York that killed 17 people in the vehicle and two pedestrians. The NTSB found severe damage to the vehicle’s front end, but the rear portion remained relatively intact.

“The NTSB’s new safety recommendations have shown us that we can, and absolutely must, do more to close the fatal gaps in limo-safety standards that contributed decisively to this tragedy,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer. “I’m inspired by the families of these victims who have, in the midst of their unimaginable suffering, made it their mission to increase the safety of these vehicles before more lives are lost, and am going to stand by their side every step of the way.”