All 2011-Model Year Vehicles Required to Have Electronic Stability Control
– Federal safety officials said that all model-year 2012 vehicles will be required to have electronic stability control, which helps prevent rollovers and other deadly crashes, according to USA Today.
Stability control uses brakes and engine power to keep cars from veering out of control. Currently, it is most often available on SUVs and luxury cars.The agency stepped up the required installation rate for stability control in response to public comments. In 2009, 55 percent of vehicles will have to be equipped with stability control, up from the 30 percent first proposed by the agency. The percentage required to have stability control increases each year until 2012.The biggest benefit of stability control is its prevention of single-vehicle and rollover crashes. NHTSA research shows single-vehicle crashes involving rollover could be cut by more than 70 percent. But, the NHTSA rule allows stability control cut-off switches; however, the systems have to default back to “on” the next time the car is started.According to estimates, electronic stability control could cost automakers $111 a car if they already have anti-lock brakes.