Yet again, rather than get dangerous 15-passenger vans off the roads, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (See 2012 NHTSA warning here) is merely issuing the same old tired warnings to church groups and other community organizations which routinely use the deadly machines to transport their members.
Sure, you should buckle-up on "every trip, every time," as NHTSA says, but what about the design defect which leads to fatal rollovers?
NHTSA in fact admits "that 15-passenger vans are particularly sensitive to loading," and warns against "overloading these vehicles under any circumstances." But why are they particualrly sensitive to loading? Because of the design defect. Why should these vans not be overloaded under any circumstance? Because overloading only augments the already unacceptable propensity to rollover.
NHTSA admits that its "research shows overloading 15-passenger vans both increases rollover risk and makes the vehicle more unstable in any handling maneuvers." So again, why not attack the underlying cause, the design?
NHTSA correctly advises to use "appropriately-sized and load rated tires that are properly inflated before every trip." NHTSA also "recommends that spare tires not be used as replacements for worn tires. In fact, many tire manufacturers recommend that tires older than 10 years not be used at all." In fact, tires more than 6 years old are very risky.
NHTSA advises that only drivers "properly licensed and experienced in operating a 15-passenger van" should operate them, but no matter how experienced the driver, fatal rollovers continue to occur becasue of the desihn defect, a defect for which drivers cannot compensate while speeding down the highway.