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The Electronic Stability Program (ESP) safety system is gaining popularity in the UK.
During the first six months of 2008, 56% of newly registered cars were stocked with the skidding prevention device, up 8% from 2007. The system thwarts almost 80% of skidding-related accidents by detecting a loss of grip and applying the brakes accordingly.
And as of this month, ESP has become a requirement for all EuroNCAP five-star vehicles. The European New Car Assessment Programme recently called for the adoption of ESP into their evaluations process.
The device, however, is not as popular with small motors. Only 40% of motorists have ESP installed in their small cars.
"ESP is just as important for small cars as for larger vehicles," said Werner Sruth, president of the Bosch Chassis Systems Control division. "Buyers should therefore be sure to ask for the safety system as an optional feature if it is not already on board as standard equipment."
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