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These vans, which include long versions of the Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana or Ford Econoline or Club Wagon, along with discontinued models like the Rally/Vandura or Dodge Ram Van, have a body-on-frame configuration that creates a higher center of gravity and makes them more prone to roll over in abrupt maneuvers. Some newer models from the past decade have stability control, which helps reduce the chances of that happening.
Recently, the agency says, there were two more fatal crashes in New York and Georgia, resulting in ten deaths.
Because of budgetary cuts, older vans might be placed in service longer than they might otherwise, and these vans often don't provide the same level of safety as school buses, according to NHTSA. They're also likely to be used, secondhand, by church groups and touring bands.
Although these cautions don't explicitly apply to the shorter models of these vans, drivers and passengers should heed the same advice.
See NHTSA's safety tips below. And for detailed advice, please refer to the NHTSA site or read through our more extensive information at Full-Size Vans: What You Need To Know To Arrive Safely.