June 23, 2017

Calls for 15-passenger van ban

Transport Canada is studying the safety of 15 passenger vans in the wake of the Bathurst, New Brunswick van crash in 2008, and a private members bill introduced in New Brunswick calling for a nationwide ban on the use of these vehicles for school trips, reports the Ontario School Bus Association. The private member’s bill […]

Church van safety: Why so many have died

Popular church vans have propensity to roll, hundreds killed   Mark Smith, Director of Van Angels, was recently interviewed by the Orange County edition of the Christian Examiner newspaper.  The article looks at the continued use of 15-passenger vans throughout Orange County, CA and the rest of the U.S.  Mark recounts his personal story of the death […]

U. of U. settles lawsuit brought by Chinese scholars’ families for $500,000

U. of U. settles lawsuit brought by Chinese scholars’ families for $500,000 By Brian Maffly The Salt Lake Tribune Salt Lake Tribune Updated:08/07/2009 06:28:55 PM MDT The University of Utah has settled a lawsuit brought by the families of seven Chinese scholars killed in a 2003 van rollover, cutting short a two-week trial in a […]

Police Crack Down On Safety In School Van Sting

Police Crack Down On Safety In School Van Sting BOSTON (WBZ) ― Boston police and Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicle safety inspectors launched a school van sting Thursday in an effort to crack down on child transportation vehicles that are operating with violations, putting passengers at risk. The sting is part of the 10th annual Operation […]

E-350 Receives the worst rollover rating from Safercar.gov

The Ford E-350 15 Passenger Wagon received the lowest rating of 2-Stars (5 is best) for any vehicle on the road today by SaferCar.gov. You can view the van rollover ratings on the SaferCar.gov website and see the Rollover ratings in the 2×4 column of the report.

Dad raises awareness about vehicles after daughter’s death

Alexis “Lexie” James, 10, killed when a 15-passenger van blew a tire and overturned while traveling in South Carolina. Lexie was ejected even through she was wearing a seat belt. The James family has since started a non-profit organization called the American Center for Van and Tire Safety to raise awareness on the dangers of […]

Abbotsford, B.C., van crash sparks calls for ban

From CBCNews.ca The British Columbia Federation of Labour is calling for a ban on 15-passenger vans that are often used to transport farm workers. [vimeo 675470] The request comes after a WorkSafeBC investigation suggested a wide range of safety violations contributed to a deadly van crash in Abbotsford, B.C., in March 2007 that killed three farm workers […]

Dual Rear Wheel Van Conversion of 15-passenger Dodge Van

Greetings! Due to the wonderful site vanangels.org, we found out about the dual rear wheel conversions, and are about to finish converting our first van. These are the pictures of what we have gone through to make the changes. We look forward to completing our other one after this, and to introducing other churches/organizations in […]

Open letter to Bathurst parents

To the parents of the 7 Bathurst High School boys, On January 11, 2008, your lives were changed forever. I know how you feel. On June 30, 2002, I lost my 17-year old daughter, Malori, in van rollover accident. While Van Angels is an education and advocacy site, we also are very aware of the […]

60-Minutes II 15-Passenger rollover report

This is a MUST see video about the dangers of 15-passenger vans created by 60-Minutes. Loaded with authoritative tests and proof of the dangers. NOTE: At the end of the video, the reporter mentions a crash simulation video. Click here to watch the simulation.