The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging anyone who rides in or drives a 15-passenger van to use special caution to keep occupants safe while traveling in this dangerous vehicle. Because of the high center of gravity, a 15-passenger van has a tendency to rollover and coupled with a weak roof structure, the 15-passenger van has been called the most dangerous vehicle on the road.
There have been two recent 15-passenger van accidents, one in Georgia and one in New York, that led to 10 fatalities. The NHTSA is warning drivers to be especially wary of defective tires that will cause a vehicle to rollover. Because tires degrade, it is advised NOT to use the spare tire as a replacement tire for any distance other than to get to a tire store.