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New ESP study released, even better than before



Stability Control Gear Cuts Auto Deaths, Study Finds
From the Associated Press
June 13, 2006


WASHINGTON — Ten thousand fatal automobile crashes a year, or nearly one-third of such accidents in the U.S., could be prevented if more vehicles were equipped with technology that helps to keep them from rolling over, the insurance industry says in a study released today.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said the technology, electronic stability control, reduced the risk of single-vehicle rollovers involving sport utility vehicles by 80%, and by 77% for passenger cars.

Researchers said electronic stability control reduced the risk of fatal crashes by 43%. If all vehicles had this technology, it could prevent as many as 10,000 of the 34,000 fatal crashes on the nation's highways each year, they estimated.

"The findings indicate that ESC should be standard on all vehicles," said Susan Ferguson, the insurance institute's senior vice president for research. "Very few safety technologies show this kind of large effect in reducing crash deaths."

Auto safety officials note that rollovers are extremely dangerous, accounting for only 3% of all crashes but leading to more than 10,000 deaths a year. An estimated 43,200 people died on U.S. highways in 2005.

Stability control, which automatically applies brakes to individual wheels if it senses that a vehicle is veering off course, has become more widely available in recent years, especially on SUVs and pickups.


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Chrysler Group Equips More than 1.2 Million Vehicles with Electronic Stability Progra

Chrysler Group Equips More than 1.2 Million Vehicles with Electronic Stability Program

* By the end of 2006, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) will be standard
or available on over 70 percent of Chrysler Group models
* ESP will be standard equipment on all Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep(R) brand
sport-utility vehicles at that same time
* DaimlerChrysler's Mercedes-Benz invented ESP and was the first company to
offer this technology in 1995

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., June 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
DaimlerChrysler's Chrysler Group today announced that it has produced more
than 1.2 million vehicles with its Electronic Stability Program (ESP) since
2004. By the end of 2006, ESP will be standard equipment on all Chrysler,
Dodge and Jeep(R) brand sport-utility vehicles and will be standard or
available on over 70 percent of Chrysler Group models. This is one of the
many technologies Chrysler Group uses to enhance driver control.
DaimlerChrysler's Mercedes-Benz invented ESP and was the first company
to equip vehicles with the technology in 1995. The Chrysler Group first
offered ESP on the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum in 2004.
"At the Chrysler Group, we design stability and handling capability
into all of our vehicles," said Frank Klegon, Executive Vice President,
Chrysler Group Product Development. "Moving forward, we'll expand
availability of ESP and offer additional features utilizing this
technology."
Electronic Stability Program enhances driver control and helps maintain
directional stability under all conditions. It provides the greatest
benefit in critical driving situations, such as turns, and is especially
valuable when driving on slippery surface conditions, such as patchy snow,
ice or gravel. If there's a discernible difference between what the driver
asks through the steering and the vehicle's path, ESP applies selective
braking and throttle input to put the car back onto the driver's intended
path. The system is calibrated to offer safe control of the vehicle under a
variety of conditions, and to operate in a manner that is not intrusive in
normal or spirited driving.
Electronic Stability Program is standard or available on the 2006
Chrysler 300 and Crossfire; Dodge Charger, Durango, Magnum and Sprinter;
and Jeep Commander, Grand Cherokee and Liberty. Additionally, Chrysler
Group will offer ESP on the 2007 Chrysler Aspen; Dodge Caliber and Nitro;
and Jeep Compass, Patriot and Wrangler as well as on other vehicles to be
announced at a later date.


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"This is a really significant finding," said Bob Lange, General Motors Corp.'s top safety official. "It looks like electronic stability control is the most significant safety advancement since safety belts."

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"This is a really significant finding," said Bob Lange, General Motors Corp.'s top safety official. "It looks like electronic stability control is the most significant safety advancement since safety belts."
Pfffft...took them long enough to find that out. Great reports Wolfgang. Makes me feel much safer when traveling in our Mercedes.

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