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Airbags and ESC reduce road deaths

20 MARCH, 2015

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Light-vehicle road deaths have reduced by about 23% thanks to frontal airbags and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a report from the Australian Government shows.

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics’ (BITRE) report also estimates that the two life-saving technologies may have also helped halve the national road fatality rate, per kilometre travelled, since 2007.

Frontal airbags are designed to protect the driver and front-seat passenger in the event of a crash and ESC is a computer-controlled technology which helps drivers avoid crashes by applying brakes when a driver loses control or over-steers.

The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) encourages all Victorian motorists to demand these safety features in their next car.

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Read the full report from BITRE.
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