Number and Variety of Vehicles with Electronic Stability
Control Increase in 2005 Model Year
The best protection against crashes is to avoid them completely, but sometimes, even good
drivers encounter circumstances that are out of their control.
Fortunately, a revolutionary
active safety technology, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), serves as a
vehicle's sixth sense by anticipating crashes before they occur and automatically intervening
to prevent them.
ESC provides enhanced stability and control in all driving situations, significantly
reducing the risk of a crash, especially on...
twisting, country roads or highway ramps
rainy, city streets
sand or gravel
hot, dry pavement
snow, sleet and ice
obstacle avoidance maneuvers
ESC helps to prevent rollovers, skids, spins, and can keep your vehicle on the road.
ESC = the Easy Safety Choice. It helps every driver drive better.
Over 100 Percent Increase in Economically Priced Vehicles
Offering ESC as a Safety Option
DETROIT, Nov. 10 -- The Electronic Stability Control
Coalition today announced that the availability of Electronic
Stability Control (ESC) increased in model year 2005, as
vehicle manufacturers either made the automotive safety feature
standard or expanded its availability. Notedly, vehicles
offering ESC that retail at or under $25,000 has increased by
more than 100 percent, making this important technology a
safety option for a wider variety of consumers. A full list of
ESC equipped vehicles for the new model year is available on
the Coalition's website http://www.esceducation.org/.
"The 2005 model year list includes more vehicles priced at
or under $25,000 than ever before, which is great news for the
average car buyer," said Rich Golitko, Chairman of the ESC
Coalition. "We are encouraged that ESC availability is growing
across the board and regard it as an important step toward
reducing the number of crashes on America's roads."
ESC is an auto safety system that electronically assists
drivers in critical driving situations by applying brakes to
individual wheels when instability is detected. Several
studies have proven the safety system's ability to help prevent
crashes and save lives.
A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA), concluded that ESC reduced
single-vehicle crashes in passenger cars by 35 percent, and
single-vehicle crashes in SUVs by 67 percent. Another study,
from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), found
ESC effective in reducing the risk of fatal passenger vehicle
crashes by 34 percent.
Earlier research data from the University of Iowa as well as
Europe and Japan-available at
-- have corroborated these findings, which, together, lead to
the conclusion that widespread installation of ESC in the U.S.
could potentially save more than 7,000 lives each year.
"Extensive research demonstrates the value of ESC and
therefore manufacturers have continued to increase the models
with ESC availability," said Jim Gill, Vice Chairman of the ESC
Coalition. "This translates into increasing choice for
consumers and strengthens our resolve to educate drivers about
the importance of requesting this life-saving technology when
they are shopping for their next vehicle."
ESC is marketed under various trade names, which can be
found at http://www.esceducation.org/.
The ESC Coalition was established in 2003 to inform
consumers and other key audiences about the benefits of ESC
systems. It is a joint effort of two of the largest automotive
technology suppliers, Robert Bosch Corporation and Continental
Teves. As leaders in the development and manufacture of ESC
systems, both companies are working together to increase the
general awareness of this potentially life saving
2005 ESC Equipped Vehicles
The following is a list of Model Year 2005 vehicles with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as available equipment – either Standard or Optional – as reported to NHTSA by the vehicle manufacturers. Vehicle manufacturers may elect to make ESC available on other models during the model year. Check with your manufacturer.
ESC is Called
Acura 3.2 TL
Audi all-road Quattro
BMW 3 Series
BMW 5 Series
BMW 6 Series
BMW 7 Series
Buick Park Avenue
Active Skid and
Nissan 350 Z
Pontiac Bonneville SSEi
Pontiac Grand Prix
Pontiac Montana SV6
Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota Scion xB
Dynamic Stability and
ESC Coalition Mission Statement
The Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Coalition was formed
in 2003 with the mission of educating consumers and other key
audiences about the revolutionary active safety technology
known as ESC. The ESC Coalition members believe that the
widespread installation of ESC systems can play a significant
role in helping to prevent crashes on America's roads. The
Coalition seeks to increase the public's general awareness of
this milestone in automotive safety. Through a national
education campaign, the ESC Coalition aims to provide consumers
with comprehensive information on ESC, including educational
materials, technical data, video demonstrations, industry
studies, and news about ESC.
For additional information on the ESC Coalition, please