The Electronic Stability Control Coalition, and industry group comprising Robert Bosch Corporation and Continental Teves, have announced that the availability of electronic stability control (ESC) increased in model year 2004, as vehicle manufacturers either made the automotive safety feature standard or expanded its availability. A full list of ESC equipped vehicles for the new model year is available on the Coalition’s website www.esceducation.org.
ESC technology uses advances in microelectronics to detect when a driver is about to lose control of a vehicle and automatically intervenes to provide stability and help the driver stay on course. International research has shown that ESC could help prevent 15 percent of all crashes and 30 to 35 percent of single- vehicle crashes.
Model-year 2004 vehicles offering ESC for the first time are:
Chevrolet Avalanche 1500
Chevrolet Express 3500
Pontiac Grand Prix GTP
ESC is standard equipment on all Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz vehicles and Toyota sport- utility vehicles.