American Center For Van and Tire Safety

My name is Patrick James. This is a picture of my ten year old daughter, Alexis James. She was killed July 17, 2007 in a 15-passenger van accident in South Carolina. The accident resulted from the failure of the left rear tire. When the tire failed the van rolled over and my daughter was ejected from the vehicle, even though she was wearing her seat belt. It was a lap belt only, 3-point lap/shoulder belts were not required in this van when it was manufactured in 1994.