(WASHINGTON) -- The government has issued an advisory Thursday to owners and operators of 15-passenger vans following two recent fatal crashes in New York and Georgia involving this type of vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is advising drivers of these vehicles to pay particular attention to tire pressure and the age of the tires on these vans.
Government research has shown these vans have a high roll-over rate in certain conditions -- particularly when the van is fully loaded.
NHTSA is directing the advisory particularly toward church groups and non-profits as well as colleges and universities that may keep older vans due to restricted transportation budgets.
The agency also urged pre-primary, primary and secondary schools not to use 15-passenger vans to transport school children.
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