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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 27th 2009
4— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, June 27, 2009 Stability to become standard S Newregulations are being put in placebythe FederalGovernmentfor all passenger vehiclesandfour-wheel drives to have electronic stability control asastandard feature. NeilMcDonaldreports OME carmakers are expected to fast-track electronic stability control in their ve- hicles after the Federal Gov- ernment this week made it mandatory from 2011. From November 2011, all passenger cars and four- wheel drives must have ESC as standard. Other vehicles have until November 2013 to make it standard. The Minister for Infra- structure, Transport, Regio- nal Development and Local Government, Anthony Alba- nese, says the new regula- tions bring Australia in line with international standards. ‘‘In fact, we are fully phas- ing in ESC one year ahead of Europe,’’ he says. The device is slowly be- coming more widespread but remains an option costing up to $1500 on many vehicles. The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries says Australians clearly want the technology. Almost seven out of 10 new vehicles are being fitted with the device as standard but many brands still ask cus tomers to pay for it in option- al ‘‘safety packs’. The latest FCAI figures show that 66 per cent of new passenger cars and off- roaders are now fitted with stability control, a 12 per cent It is vital that there are nationally consistent regulations in place for ESC fitting and that these are harmonised as far as possible with international standards ‘ increase in the past year. ‘‘Manufacturers and mo- torists have moved quickly to embrace this lifesaving tech- nology,’’ the FCAI’s chief executive, Andrew McKellar says. McKellar says the car in- dustry has worked with the Federal Government to en- sure the technology becomes available as soon as possible. ‘‘It is vital that there are nationally consistent regula- tions in place for ESC fitting and that these are harmo- since seatbelts were made compulsory in the 1970s and airbags became widespread in the 1980s. ’ Monash University re- search shows that stability control can reduce the inci- dence of single vehicle acci- dents by 27 per cent in cars and 68 per cent in off-roaders. Stability control uses sen- sors to compare differences between the car’s actual course and the driver’s steer- ing wheel input. If the onboard computer nised as far as possible with international standards,’’ he says. Safety agencies welcome the decision, saying that the technology is the single most practical safety advance senses that the driver is about to lose control, the system applies braking to individual wheels to bring the car back to its intended course and avoid swerving out of control. Local carmakers Ford, Toyota and GM-Holden have welcomed the move. GM-Holden chairman and managing director Mark Re- uss praised the decision to introduce a standardised na- tional approach to vehicle safety rather than allow a state-by-state rollout. ‘‘Mainstreaming ESC tech- nology in passenger cars and SUVs will save lives. It is as simple as that,’’ Reuss says. Like Ford and Toyota, GM- Holden is committed to roll- ing out the technology in its next-generation vehicles and adding it to those cars that do not currently have it as stan- dard. 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