Despite the fact that 15-passenger vans are increasingly popular with commuters, they are not always safe in the hands of an inexperienced driver. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns that the risk of rollover when the van is overloaded is high, and having a rollover crash with a 15-passenger van might be fatal.
A popular method of getting around – with a catch
Church groups, colleges, youth sports teams, more and more people love to use 15-passenger vans to get around. However, crash data from 2003 to 2007 suggests that the more people are riding along in the van, the greater the risk of a rollover is going to be – even if the vehicle is involved in a single-vehicle accident. Despite the fact that these are heavily advertised as being able to carry 15 passengers, the rollover rate was nearly three times as high with only 10 or more occupants when compared to the van carrying fewer than five people.