UK lags behind in standard fitment of stability control
10 May 2007

Britain is among the worst countries for fitting electronic stability control to its cars, according to a survey carried out by Euro NCAP.Electronic stability control (ESC) recognises when the car skids or loses traction and applies the brakes individually, allowing the driver to maintain control.Euro NCAP’s survey showed that many models that are fitted with ESC as standard in one country don't even offer it as an option in another. The report calls for ESC to become a standard safety requirement across Europe, where it could save one in five occupant deaths.Denmark and Sweden came top of the survey for cars with ESC fitted as standard, whereas Malta and Ireland were alongside Britain at the lower end of the list.This week Euro NCAP also revealed its new logos, which are designed to illustrate the three different elements of its safety tests; adult occupant protection, child occupant protection and pedestrian safety.There’s no change in the testing procedure, but Euro NCAP hopes that the new logos will promote awareness of the individual safety requirements, especially pedestrian safety, which it claims has not been improved by manufacturers as much as it should have.

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