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.
Andrew Smith created this video explaining why 15-passenger vans rollover.
Bottom Line: 90% of the rollovers are caused by a left-rear tire de-tread.
Details discussed in this video:
- There is a design flaw in the Ford E-350 (Econoline XLT), that places 45% of the weight on the left rear tire.
- The aisle on the right side of the van contributes greatly to the weight being placed on the left side of the van
- The E-350 requires 50 psi on the front tires and 80 psi on the rear tires. This is the only vehicle on the road requiring different pressures on the front and rear tires.
- The increase weight on the left-rear tire generates excess heat inside the tire.
- If the tire pressure is lower than manufactured specs, this will significantly increase heat inside the tire.
- Once the heat generated inside the tire exceeds the manufacturers specs, the tire will de-laminate, causing the tire to de-tread.
The following video by narrated by Mark Smith illustrates the same points:
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 would make it an offence under the criminal code to transport students in vans with more than 10 and fewer than 17 seats. OSBA said Transport Canada was expected to report on its findings later this year.
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec no longer allow 15 passenger vans for transporting students on school trips. The NTSB says 1,100 people in the U.S. were killed in single-vehicle rollovers involving these vans between 1992 and 2002. Fifteen-passenger vans are said to be times more likely to roll over than any other vehicle.