November 1, 2004

Study confirms safety benefits of electronic stability control

Detroit, Michigan – The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) new research study, which found Electronic Stability Control (ESC) effective in reducing the risk of fatal passenger vehicle crashes by 34 percent affirms those from previous studies including a similar study conducted recently by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The IIHS study concluded that ESC reduced fatal single-vehicle crash risk by 56 percent and the risk of all single-vehicle crashes (fatal and non-fatal) by 41 percent. Therefore, according to the IIHS, “widespread application of ESC in the vehicle fleet can be expected to afford a significant safety benefit.”

IIHS researchers compared the crash rates of cars and SUVs with ESC as standard equipment versus prior versions of these vehicles when they weren’t equipped with ESC or ESC was available only as an option.

“This new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is important in that it is consistent with other studies and with the efforts of the ESC Coalition to educate consumers about the importance of ESC,” said Rich Golitko, Chairman of the ESC Coalition.

This past September, NHTSA released its own comparative study that concluded ESC reduced single-vehicle crashes in passenger cars by 35 percent, and also reduced, by 67 percent, single-vehicle crashes in SUVs.

The IIHS data, along with these other ESC studies, indicate the system’s enormous worth as it points to its capability of saving more than 7,000 lives annually.

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