- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Electronic stability control may be the best thing since sliced bread for today’s drivers. This is the system that combines ABS braking with traction control to help maintain control of your vehicle by applying brakes to individual wheels automatically.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, stability control has reduced single-car accidents in those vehicles so equipped by a whopping 67 percent. That’s impressive.

Both Ford and GM have announced that they will make stability control standard on most of their SUVs for 2005 model year. SUVs, because they are big and top-heavy, tend to roll over with sudden or erratic maneuvering, and so could benefit most from the new system.

About 2 million vehicles will be affected, including the Chevrolet Trailblazer, the GMC Envoy, the Hummer H3 (Hummer H2 will get it in 2006,) the Buick Rainier and the Saab 97 X.

Ford will offer its version of stability control in the 2005 Explorer, Expedition, Lincoln Navigator and Aviator, Mercury Mountaineer and Volvo XC90.

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