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June 13, 2006

other tech: widespread stability control would save 10,000 lives in the US per year

A study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said the technology, electronic stability control, reduced the risk of single-vehicle rollovers involving sport utility vehicles by 80 percent, and 77 percent for passenger cars.

Rollovers are extremely dangerous, accounting for only 3 percent of all crashes but leading to more than 10,000 deaths (23% of all deaths) a year. An estimated 43,200 people died on highways in 2005.

If the stability technology and the rate of lives saved were applied globally (all cars in the world) to prevent some of the 1.2 million vehicle deaths per year, then almost 280,000 lives per year could be saved in the world.

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