EuroNCAP urges stability systems fitted as standard

EuroNCAP are encouraged that most manufacturers are increasing the fitting of ESC (electronic stability) ahead of the 2012 deadline that would make it mandatory on all vehicle types, with every vehicle being fitted by 2014.

They have expressed concern, however, that some manufacturers are charging a premium price to fit ESC as an option, which discourages new purchasers from chosing it.

Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP, says "The new results are encouraging but disappointing at the same time.

"Considering that ESC is the most effective safety device since the seat belt, no car buyer should have to bargain over it. A greater effort to make ESC fitment standard across the board is required."

The ESC method of applying braking to each wheel individually, after a skid has been detected, is estimated to ensure 4,000 deaths and 100,000 injuries could be avoided every year across Europe.

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