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NHTSA urges rollover precautions for 15-passenger vans

April 17, 2013

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Washington – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reminding drivers of 15-passenger vans to take precautions against rollover crashes.

15-passenger vans have unique handling characteristics due to their size, as well as a higher risk of rolling over if improperly operated by an inexperienced driver, NHTSA said in a press release. Tips (.pdf file) to reduce the risk of rollover crashes when driving a 15-passenger van include:

  • Check the tires before each trip to ensure they are properly inflated and not excessively worn. Do not rely on old spare tires to replace worn ones.
  • Do not allow more people and cargo in the van than the maximum limits.
  • Ensure passengers wear their safety belts and inspect the belts regularly. Unrestrained users of 15-passenger vans are approximately 3 times more likely than restrained users to be killed in a single-vehicle crash.

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