Many new sport utility vehicles, equipped with anti-rollover technology, are less of a risk for rollover crashes than their predecessors, The Associated Press
Rollover ratings issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 2007 model year vehicles show SUVs making progress over past vehicles. The ratings give consumers information on the likelihood of a rollover, which kill more than 10,000 motorists in the United States every year.
A full 78 2007 model year SUVs received a four-star rating in the rollover tests, according to an AP analysis. More than half of the 2007 SUVs had four-star ratings, compared to 48 of the 2006 SUVs that earned four stars out of 103 SUVs rated. Only one SUV received four stars in 2001.
To guard against rollovers, automakers have increasingly installed electronic stability control into their vehicle lineup. The anti-rollover technology automatically applies brakes to individual wheels when the vehicle begins skidding off course, helping to steady the vehicle.
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