A safety warning about 15-passenger vans was issued Thursday by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
The warning, the first of its kind from GOHS in relation to vehicle safety, was issued “due to an increased danger of deadly rollover and single vehicle crashes,” the release stated.
“Nationally and here at home, we have experienced this tragic loss of life and serious injury to occupants of 15-passenger vans,” GOHS Director Bob Dallas said in the release.
“Along with our federal partners at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we’re reaching out to other van owners with this vehicle safety warning, especially while group travelers may be planning their December and January holiday road trips.”
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The 15-passenger vans are more likely to be involved in a single-vehicle rollover crash than any other type of vehicle, the release said.
Many of the estimated 550,000 15-passenger vans now on the road do not have updated safety features mandated for newer vehicles, the release said.
The 15-passenger vans have been federally prohibited for the school-related transportation of high school and younger students since 2005, according to the release.
For more information, including safety tips for traveling in 15-passenger vans, visit www.nhtsa.gov/CA/10-14-2010 or contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.