More and more cars are offering stability control as a safety feature and as a way to attract new buyers. Soon, those systems may be in every car. Federal officials are likely going to make a proposal this week requiring that all vehicles have stability control systems which reduce rollovers and some other types of crashes. It’s estimated that as many as 10,000 lives per year could be saved through this measure. It’s also predicted that the risk of single vehicle crashes could be reduced by 40% if these systems were in all cars.
The stability control systems come in different forms. They can automatically provide brakes or extra power to individual wheels based on what is needed. More advanced systems even automatically change the suspension of the vehicle. The move seems like a logical one, and the benefits are unquestionable, but it will be interesting to see what happens, because the cost of the systems are high, and would be challenging for lower cost vehicles.