Winnipeg, Manitoba – A national class-action lawsuit has been initiated against Ford for its 15-passenger vans. The representative plaintiff’s son was killed in a crash involving a van in 2008.

“In the case of our representative plaintiff, Stella Gurr, her son Michael was travelling as a passenger in a Ford 15-passenger van and killed in an accident which took place on September 25, 2008,” said Tony Merchant, a lawyer with Merchant Law Group, which launched the suit. “Our Statement of Claim asserts that these vehicles should never have been used as 15-passenger vans. The resulting accidents and deaths in Canada were tragic and avoidable.”

Gurr died in a single-vehicle crash on the Trans-Canada Highway in Manitoba when the vehicle rolled. A Ford 15-passenger van was also involved in a crash in January 2008 that killed seven teenagers and their teachers in New Brunswick.

Merchant said that according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, 1,100 people were killed in the U.S. in single-vehicle rollovers involving the vans between 1992 and 2002.

The lawsuit was launched in Winnipeg. The law firm plans to launch similar class-action lawsuits within the next few weeks.

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