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As Americans take to the roads for summer vacations, federal highway safety officials are reminding drivers and passengers about special safety challenges posed by 15-passenger vans, especially the risk of rollover crashes when these vehicles are fully-loaded.
In fact, 15-passenger vans with 10 or more passengers have a rollover rate almost three times that of vehicles with less than five occupants, and in 2007 rollovers caused 45 fatalities in 15-passenger vans, up 73 percent from 2006 numbers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Whether it's a drive to a family reunion or a scout troop campout, if you're planning a road trip this summer and are thinking about using a 15-passenger van, follow these tips from the NHTSA to make sure your trip is as safe as possible:
Check out more information on the safety of 15-passenger vans, rollover crashes, vehicle safety, and legal issues related to motor vehicle accidents: