15-Passenger Vans Dangerous?

This has been bandied about a fair amount lately are fifteen-passneger vans rolling deathtraps? Surprisingly, the answer, statistically anyway, is a little iffy. While the ratio between an empty and fully-loaded car rolling is 1:1.2, in a fully-loaded van it jumps to 1:5. The reason? A drastic increase in the vehicle's center of gravity. That said, most people who die in van wrecks tend not to be wearing seatbelts.

To combat the inherent tippiness, most new vans are equipped with electronic stability control. We could also see a trend toward fully-customized large vans with airbrushed murals, lowered suspension and really freakin' long sidepipes that would go a ways toward dropping the COG. Rolling key parties, anyone?

When Used As Directed, Big Passenger Vans Are More Likely To Roll Over [WomanMotorist]

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