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NHTSA: Stability Systems Can Prevent Rollovers

Posted by Genie Wood on Wed, Aug 04, 2010 @ 07:50 AM

Stability control systems for tractor-trailers could prevent nearly 3,500 rollover accidents and save 106 lives a year if they were required on trucks, a federal safety official said Tuesday.


According to Nathaniel Beuse, director of crash avoidance standards at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the estimates were based on tests of the stability systems the agency conducted in conjunction with researchers at the University of Michigan. The study found that the systems could prevent almost 4,400 injuries a year.


All new passenger vehicles are federally required to have stability control systems, but commercial trucks are not, despite representing a disproportionate share of rollover accidents.


The NHTSA hoes to complete studies on the potential benefits of mandatory stability control systems by the end of the year, Beuse said.


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