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New auto rules will require stability control

New auto rules will require stability control

U.S. to set guidelines, but safety groups want tougher measures


Updated: 1:23 p.m. CT April 2, 2007

WASHINGTON - The federal government is expected as early as this week to require that stability control systems be standard in new cars to help prevent rollover and other crashes, but safety groups worry the measure will not be tough enough.

Safety interests and other industry sources expect the Transportation Department rule to require a remedy that does not even meet steps domestic and overseas automakers have already adopted, especially for a large part of the fleet with the highest rollover risk. These models include sport utility vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates it will cost nearly $1 billion for automakers to put minimum electronic stability control systems on all new vehicles.

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