Since the federal mandate requiring all passenger vehicles to include electronic stability control by September 1, 2011 was issued in 2007, over 2,000 deaths have been prevented according to a safety study completed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Utilizing computer-controlled braking to help drivers maintain control of their vehicle, electronic stability control systems have saved a growing number of lives between the study period of 2008 to 2010 as the technology was implemented in more and more models.
“These numbers send a clear message about this technology’s life-saving potential,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “As more vehicles on the road are equipped with ESC in the coming years, we know the technology will save even more lives.”
With all 2012 model year and later passenger cars, SUVs, vans, and pickup trucks now required to include the safety feature, NHTSA has proposed a new standard that would also require large commercial trucks and buses to incorporate electronic stability control systems in the future, helping to prevent up to 56% of rollover crashes per year.
Due to the life saving potential of electronic stability control, NHTSA also recommends that all drivers in the market for a used car consider vehicles equipped with the safety technology. Stop by Pfeiffer Used Cars in Grand Rapids to browse their extensive inventory and learn which used models offer the safety feature, as well as additional details on how ESC systems can help keep you and your family safe.