15-passenger van rollover stima of the past
Our organization is looking into getting a new passenger van to mainly transport teenagers. Our director is, understandably, concerned with safety. He wants to get a 12 passenger van (12PV), instead of a 15 passenger van (15PV), because he has read the reports of 15PV being unsafe because of being prone to rollovers. (We could really use a 15PV though). Iíve read these reports, and they are all from the 90ís and 2000ís, and though they donít mention 15PV make/models, I am assuming they are referring to the old Ford E-350s and Chevy Express.
I have ruled out the new Chevy Express, since itís body is almost the same as it ever was, and have focused on the Transit. Looking at the 350 - Low Roof - Long (not ĎLong ELí), the 12PV and 15PV are essentially the same van, except for the seat configuration. So I would assume that they are equally as safe, concerning the tendency for rollover? (I guess the older 15PVs, compared to the 12PVs, were longer, and/or had more Ďhangoverí past the rear tires.)
Regarding safety, with the side curtain passenger airbags, and AdvanceTrac with RSC(Roll Stability Control), I would also assume, the 15PV is not the Ďrollover death trapí of the past.
I am surprised, after scouring the internet, that Ford hasnít pushed how safe the Transit is compared to the vans of the past. It seems this would be a major selling point, in comparison to the old body style of the Chevy counterpart, as well as the stigma the 15PVs have.
I visited the Ford dealership, and really like what Iíve seen. Iíve talked to the Ford dealers, and they just assure me itís safer, but donít really have anything to back it up. (No stats like lower center of gravity, or wider wheel footprint). And there is no rollover government safety ratings
My gut tells me that this is a much safer van, than the older versions. Does my thinking seem sound on the rollover issues? Can anyone direct me to some hard data, that I could show my Director, to convince him this 15PV isnít the death trap of the past?