Government Report Finds Stability Control Saves Lives


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    A new federal study is touting the benefits of electronic stability control in vehicles. | December 04, 2012

Just the Facts:
  • A new federal study says that more than 2,200 lives were saved by electronic stability control technology over a three-year period.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study estimated that electronic stability control "saved the lives of a growing number of passenger vehicle occupants each year between 2008 and 2010."
  • It said there were 634 lives saved in 2008, 705 lives in 2009 and 863 lives in 2010.

WASHINGTON — A new federal study says that more than 2,200 lives were saved by electronic stability control technology over a three-year period.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study estimated that electronic stability control "saved the lives of a growing number of passenger vehicle occupants each year between 2008 and 2010."

It said there were 634 lives saved in 2008, 705 lives in 2009 and 863 lives in 2010.

As a result of the study, federal safety regulators are urging consumers who are in the market for a used car to buy one with stability control.

"NHTSA research has consistently shown ESC systems are especially effective in helping a driver maintain vehicle control and avoid some of the most dangerous types of crashes on the highway, including deadly vehicle rollover situations or to keep drivers from completely running off the roadway," said David Strickland, NHTSA administrator, in a statement.

Electronic stability control helps keep a vehicle on its intended path during a turn and helps it avoid sliding or skidding.

The time frame of the study looked at stability control before the technology was mandated in new vehicles for the 2012 model year starting on September 1, 2011.

Edmunds says: The feds say the number of lives saved per year is expected to increase as more vehicles with stability control end up on the roads.

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