General Motors has announced that it will put stability control on its larger passenger
vans by the middle of the 2005 model year.
GM’s vans are scheduled to get a version of
Stabilitrak, the company’s stability-control system. It will be added to the GMC Savana and
Chevrolet Express 3500 135-inch regular-wheelbase 12-passenger vans, and 15-passenger
155-inch-wheelbase models, during the 2005 model year.
Ford’s largest E-series vans will
also receive electronic stability control, starting with the 2006 model year.
In 2002, the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a warning for drivers of
large vans, advising caution because of the higher likelihood that big vans can roll over
in an accident.