Lifesaving Technology Now Fitted to More Than Half of New Vehicles

24th July, 2008

Australians are quickly embracing lifesaving Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems, with more than half of new vehicles sold in June having the technology fitted.

Figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that the combined proportion of passenger cars and Sports Utility Vehicles with ESC as standard equipment has grown from 34.7 per cent to 57.7 per cent in the past 12 months.

"It is encouraging to see that the take-up rate of this potentially lifesaving technology is on the rise," FCAI Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said.

ESC uses sensors to compare differences between the car's actual course and the driver's steering wheel input.

If the computer senses that loss of control is imminent, then the system applies braking to individual wheels to bring the car back to its intended course.

"This equipment has been proven to increase your safety on the road and reduce the likelihood of being involved in loss-of-control crashes," Mr McKellar said.

The figures compiled by the FCAI show that three out of every four new SUVs and 50 per cent of new passenger cars sold last month were fitted with ESC.

"Motorists are recognising the importance of ESC and vehicle brands have responded quickly and are making the technology available in increasing numbers," he said.

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Sheena Ireland, Communications Manager
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E: sheena.ireland@fcai.com.au

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