April 10, 2007

Electronic Stability Control to be standard on all vehicles by 2012

Washington, D.C. – A new regulation will require all new passenger vehicles sold in the U.S. to have electronic stability control as standard equipment by 2012.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters and National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Nicole R. Nason announced the final rule at the New York Auto Show. ESC uses automatic computer-controlled braking to help keep drivers from losing control on slippery roads or in emergency manoeuvres.

The final rule will require all manufacturers to begin equipping passenger vehicles with ESC starting with model year 2009, and to have the feature available as standard equipment on all new passenger vehicles by September 2011, for model-year 2012.

The agency estimates ESC will save between 5,300 and 9,600 lives annually in the U.S., and prevent between 168,000 and 238,000 injuries. Assuming the model already has anti-lock brakes (ABS), the estimated average cost of ESC is approximately US$111 per vehicle.

A copy of the final regulation and analysis can be obtained at SaferCar.gov.

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