United States Postal Service aging delivery vehicles causing fire concerns

Investigators in Allegan County said they’re waiting for lab reports before determining if the driver of a pickup who slammed into a postal carrier truck will face charges.

The postal carrier in the vehicle was killed after police said her truck overturned in a ditch and caught fire. Since the crash, research by the National Association of Letter Carriers has revealed the existence of growing fire concerns over the Long Life Vehicles. Many have been in service for more than 25 years, according to union memos and letters.

Memos and instruction materials sent by the U.S. Postal Service to field offices dating to 2014 show the agency has been aware of fire safety concerns with older vehicles for many years. The concerns revolve around reports of the vehicles catching fire even without being in a crash.

The National Association of Letter Carriers published an article in its January 2019 issue of its monthly magazine, The Postal Record, regarding the postal vehicles and fire risks associated with them. In the article, the association states the fleet is aging, and the fire risk increasing.

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