Electronic Stability Control Expected to Become Mandatory
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to release proposed rules for stability control that will include testing standards for automakers. According to an AP report, the federal government is planning to require vehicle manufacturers to include electronic stability technology on all new cars in the coming years. About 40 percent of all new vehicles feature electronic stability technology as standard equipment today, and industry experts expect it to be available on all vehicles by 2010.One study concluded that stability control could reduce road fatalities by 10,000 annually if all vehicles had the technology. About 43,000 people are killed on roads each year. During a July hearing before Congress, NHTSA Administrator Nicole Nason said that stability control "could be the greatest safety innovation since the safety belt."