WASHINGTON (Oct. 29)—Continental Teves was jubilant over the results of a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that champions the use of electronic stability control systems on cars and sport-utility vehicles.
ESC systems reduce all single-vehicle crashes by 41 percent and fatal single-vehicle crashes by 56 percent, the IIHS said in a news release, though it added that their effect on accidents involving two or more vehicles wasn't statistically significant.
"This news is phenomenal in that motor vehicle safety gains typically are more incremental," said William Kozyra, president and CEO of Continental Teves, the leading supplier of ESC systems. "These benefits are staggering and amount to a paradigm shift for the better in terms of the safety of personal transportation."
ESC systems are currently available on 58 different vehicle models, and are standard equipment on 26 of them, the IIHS noted.