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TAC Congratulates Ford on Boost to Australian Vehicle Safety

11 JULY, 2007

The TAC today welcomed Ford's move to make an important safety feature - Electronic Stability Control (ESC) also known as Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) - standard across the automatic petrol Falcon range.

TAC Senior Manager, Road Safety, David Healy said the move was further evidence of increasing consumer demand for vehicle safety features in Australian cars.

"The demand for vehicle safety technology is increasing and it's pleasing to see Australian car manufacturers responding - particularly in making safety a priority on popular family cars.

"Now, Australian car buyers have greater access to life-saving safety features, without the additional cost of an optional extra," said Mr Healy.

Ford's move means ESC is now standard on all automatic petrol Falcon XT, Futura and Fairmont sedan models, as well as all manual and automatic XR models and the Territory range.

ESC is an active safety feature that helps prevent crashes by stabilising vehicles when they begin to skid. Sensors detect the onset of skidding and then brakes are applied selectively to individual wheels to bring the vehicle back on track. It is particularly effective in emergency situations and on wet, icy or unmade roads.

This is particularly helpful in preventing run-off-road crashes which are typically very severe.  Between 2000 and 2004, run-off-road crashes accounted for approximately 50% of driver and passenger fatalities on Victoria\'s roads.

A list of locally available cars with ESC is now available.

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