Study examines use of electronic stability control

December 12, 2012

Arlington, VA – Electronic stability control technology saved an estimated 2,202 lives on U.S. roadways from 2008 to 2010, according to a new study (.pdf file) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Federal safety regulations (.pdf file) issued in 2007 require all passenger cars, light trucks and light vans manufactured on or after Sept. 1, 2011, to be equipped with the technology, which uses computer coordination of individual wheels to stabilize a vehicle that has lost control.

According to the study, the number of lives saved during the study period increased each year as ESC use became more common in vehicles. An estimated 634 lives were saved in 2008, 705 in 2009 and 863 in 2010.

NHTSA on May 23 proposed a rule to mandate ESC installation in all large trucks and buses.