NTSB finds 15-passenger vans unsafe, prone to rollover

A safety report released by the National Transportation Safety Board finds that 15-passenger vans are involved in a higher rate of single-vehicle accidents involving a rollover than other passenger vehicles. The report details the Board's findings from an analysis of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatal Analysis Reporting System (FARS) on 15- passenger vans.

The report notes that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) current rulemaking and testing concerning vehicle rollovers do not include 15-passenger vans. As a result of its examination, the Board recommended that NHTSA include the vans in its dynamic testing program as well as in its New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) rollover resistance program.

A copy of the report is available on the NTSB's website, www.ntsb.gov. Printed copies of the report may be purchased from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), (800) 553-NTIS.


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