Car insurance: Thatcham calls on makers to fit ESC

Friday, 27 July 2007

A research body funded by car insurance companies has launched a campaign for more cars to be fitted with lifesaving technology.

Thatcham, the research body, revealed that less than half of all new cars sold in the UK are fitted with electronic stability control (ESC).

ESC is an electronic device which takes constant measurements from the car and can make adjustments to the car to keep it on the road.

According to the research body, if three quarters of the cars in the UK were fitted with ESC, there would be 380 fewer deaths every year.

Manufacturers in the UK have a poor record of fitting the life saving technology and are lagging behind others in Europe with 58 per cent of cars fitted with ESC in Germany. The figure rises to 75 per cent in Sweden.

Matthew Avery, Thatcham's crash research manager, said: "Whilst we have seen some improvement of fitment levels, Thatcham's message to manufacturers is you know ESC can make a real difference in preventing accidents occurring and you have an obligation to fit this as standard."

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