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Special Safety Concerns for Those Using 15-Passenger Vans

From Sunday school classes to daycare centers, to church camps, to university-level athletic teams, faith-based organizations transport millions of people each year. Unfortunately, accidents sometimes turn fulfilling activities into tragic, life-altering events.

Two times in as many years, the federal government has issued warnings to users of 15-passenger vans. Federal law prohibits the sale of 15-passenger vans for school-related transport of school-age students, but does not prohibit the sale to colleges and other organizations. Hence, the government warnings-which are based on an increased rollover risk under certain conditions-are of particular concern to churches and other organizations that use these vans to transport passengers.

The National Catholic Risk Retention Group is committed to safe transportation of everyone in the faith community. Therefore, we have chosen to focus on transportation safety in the March 2003 issue of the COMMUNICARE® newsletter.

  • To read the March 2003 issue of the COMMUNICARE® newsletter and learn more about the safety of 15-passenger vans, click here.

  • To read NHTSA Repeats Rollover Warning to Users of 15-Passenger Vans, a press release on 15-Passenger van safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a unit of the U.S. Department of Transportation, click here.

  • To read Reducing the Risk of Rollover Crashes in 15-passenger Vans, a driver safety brochure from the U.S. Department of Transportation, click here.

  • To read The Rollover Propensity of 15-Passenger Vans, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration research analysis, click here.
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