A question has been raised as to whether fifteen-passenger vans, especially loaded fifteen-passenger vans, are unusually susceptible to rollover. Fifteen-passenger vans differ from most light truck vehicles in that they have a large payload capacity and the occupants sit fairly high up in the vehicle. Therefore, when loaded the vehicle may have a much worse rollover propensity than when unloaded. To examine this issue, a brief study was performed in three parts: a review of crash data to look at the record of fifteen-passenger vans; measurement of the Static Stability Factors (SSF) of a fifteen-passenger van, a seven-passenger van, and a minivan; and a simulation analysis of the handling characteristics of an unloaded and loaded fifteen-passenger van. Results of this study are presented in this Research Note. It was concluded that fifteen-passenger vans might be more likely to roll over when fully loaded with occupants than when lightly loaded. Analysis considering the number of occupants in the vehicle showed that fifteen-passenger vans with ten or more occupants had three times the rollover ratio than those with fewer than ten occupants.

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  • Authors:
    • GARROTT, W R
    • Rhea, B
    • Subramanian, R
    • Heydinger, G J
  • Publication Date: 2001-4


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 12 p.
  • Serial:
    • Research Note
    • Publisher: National Center for Statistics and Analysis

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  • Accession Number: 00811029
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-043 273
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 30 2001 12:00AM