NHTSA: Check Tires on 15-Passenger Vans
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging people to check the tires on 15-passenger vans before driving them. On the heels of Tire Safety Week, May 24-30, the NHTSA wants to remind vehicle owners about an important safety concern regarding 15-passenger vans. Whether you’re heading out with a church organization, summer camp group or other type of community club, using a 15-passenger van, always check the tires, before every trip. These vehicles are at a particularly high risk for deadly rollover crashes, especially if proper tire maintenance isn’t followed.
Risks Associated With 15-Passenger Vans
15-passenger vans are associated with a variety of safety risks. They have a higher center of gravity than smaller passenger vehicles, which makes them more likely to rollover in the event of certain types of crashes. Also, they aren’t frequently used for daily driving, which means that proper, regular and routine tire maintenance is critical for avoiding what could be a life-threatening blowout. Also, they’re usually thought of as bus-like to children and adults, so they’re could have a false sense of security and forget to buckle up. Always make sure everybody riding in your van is buckled up.
Crash Facts For 15-Passenger Vans
- Between 2004 and 2013, 653 people died while riding in 15-passenger vans across the country.
- That’s an average of 65 vehicle occupants each year.
- Nearly 60 percent of those fatalities occurred during rollover crashes.
Safety Tips for 15-Passenger Vans
The NHTSA has a variety of safety tips for owners and drivers of 15-passenger vans. In addition to checking the tires before every trip, routine maintenance is also really important for these vehicles. Everybody needs to buckle up, and drivers need to make sure the vehicles are never overloaded, which could increase rollover crash risk. Finally, all drivers should be properly licensed and have experience driving a 15-passenger van.
After a 15-Passenger Van Accident
In many cases, crashes involving 15-passenger vans are totally preventable. Often times, tire issues were neglected or an inexperienced driver was behind the wheel. After any kind of accident, it’s a good idea to speak with an attorney about your options.