A recent accident in Florida has re-ignited concerns over the safety of a 15-passenger van manufactured by Dodge. The accident killed 8 people when the van veered off of the road and crashed into a ravine on a rural highway. While an investigation into the cause of the accident is underway, consumer advocates are sounding alarms about the safety performance of the Dodge Ram wagon.
The Dodge Ram wagon is a popular passenger van for church groups, schools, and other non-profit organization due to its low cost and ability to seat up to 15 passengers. However, consumer advocates point out that the van has been involved in a disproportionately large number of accidents – many of them proving fatal.
From 2004 to 2010, the van was responsible for over 500 passenger deaths.
Safety Problems with Dodge Passenger Van
Safety watchdogs say the van has a number of flaws that make it more prone to accidents, including:
- Imbalanced height and width that makes the van susceptible to rollovers
- Prone to tire blowouts
- Unsafe seat design
- Lack of seat belt availability
- Poor quality of seat belts
- Lack of stability controls
- Inability to monitor tire pressure
For over a decade, federal officials have cautioned consumers about the van and have issued various recalls to correct safety problems. Some insurance companies have gone as far as to refuse to provide policies on the Dodge Ram wagon. The warnings urge all passengers of the van to wear a seat belt at all times and recommend gauging the tire pressure before each trip.
Injured Passengers Have Legal Options
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in an accident involving a Dodge Ram wagon, contact our passenger van accident attorneys to learn about your legal rights. Our law firm offers free consultations to accident victims throughout the United States and you don’t pay a dime unless we win your case.