WASHINGTON (May 17, 2012)—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a proposed rule to require electronic stability control systems on large commercial trucks, buses and motor coaches.
NHTSA already requires ESC on new cars and light trucks beginning with the 2012 model year, so the new proposal is a logical extension of that technology, according to David Strickland, NHTSA administrator. “We've already seen how effective stability control can be at reducing rollovers in passenger vehicles,” Strickland said.
The agency estimates an ESC standard for trucks and buses could prevent 1,807 to 2,329 crashes, 649 to 858 injuries and 49 to 60 fatalities annually, while preventing an unstated amount of economic benefits.
NHTSA will accept comments on the document for 90 days after its publication in the Federal Register.