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Ann Adv Automot Med. 2008 Oct;52:9-19.

A comprehensive review of rollover accidents involving vehicles equipped with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems.

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JP Research Inc., Mountain View, California, USA.


This study investigated 478 police accident reports from 9 states to examine and characterize rollover crashes involving ESC-equipped vehicles. The focus was on the sequence of critical events leading to loss of control and rollover, and the interactions between the accident, driver, and environment. Results show that, while ESC is effective in reducing loss of control leading to certain rollover crashes, its effectiveness is diminished in others, particularly when the vehicle departs the roadway or when environmental factors such as slick road conditions or driver factors such as speeding, distraction, fatigue, impairment, or overcorrection are present.

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