"Safest" Vehicles rise from 13 -to- 34
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November 15, 2007

More safe vehicles to choose from
than ever before

Ford and Honda had most models
on annual list of safest vehicles
  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21793931/
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Thirty-four vehicles received the top safety pick
designation for 2008, compared with 13 vehicles
from the 2007 model year.

The institute [Insurance Institute of Highway
Safety] requires new cars and trucks to have
electronic stability control, or ESC, to qualify
for the award. Many auto companies are putting
the anti-rollover technology into their fleets
ahead of a government requirement for the sys-
tems by the 2012 model year.

"Vehicles should be designed to provide good
occupant protection when crashes occur, but now
with ESC we have the possibility of preventing
many crashes altogether" ... studies ... have esti-
mated that as many as 10,000 fatal crashes could
be avoided annually if all vehicles had the tech-
nology.

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Electronic stability control senses when a driver
may lose control of the vehicle and automatically
applies brakes to individual wheels to help keep
it stable and avoid a rollover. The technology
helps motorists avoid skidding across icy or slick
roads or keep control of their car when swerving
to avoid an unexpected object in the road.

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