December 22, 2009 15:26 ET

New Anti-Skidding Technology to Become Mandatory on Canadian Vehicles

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 22, 2009) - Canada's Transport Minister John Baird today announced that effective August 31, 2011, auto manufacturers must install a safety technology in Canadian vehicles to help drivers avoid road collisions.

The technology - Electronic Stability Control (ESC) - is designed to automatically apply braking to certain wheels when a vehicle is skidding and may also cut engine power to help the driver maintain proper control.

"Losing control of your vehicle is not only scary, but could prove fatal, and this new safety technology is proven to help drivers keep control," said Baird. "By making electronic stability control compulsory, Canada is ensuring that vehicles on our roads will be equipped with greater control during our tough winters and also all year round."

ESC helps drivers maintain control of their vehicle in situations such as making emergency manoeuvres (swerving or braking to avoid an obstacle) and turning corners on slippery surfaces. Transport Canada data show that ESC-equipped vehicles are involved in fewer severe collisions caused by loss of control, resulting in significantly fewer deaths and injuries compared to those that are not equipped with ESC.

"The Canadian Automobile Association supports the introduction of Electronic Stability Control in all vehicles," said Jeff Walker, vice-president, Public Affairs, and chief strategy officer. "This technology is one of the most significant advancements in automobile safety technology since the introduction of the seatbelt."

The new standard will apply to passenger cars, multi-purpose vehicles, trucks and buses weighing 4,536 kilograms or less. The timeline for manufacturers to install ESC in vehicles in Canada coincides with its adoption in the United States.

The proposed regulation was pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on March 14, 2009. A 75-day response period followed and the proposed regulation was well received. The regulation will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, on December 23, 2009.

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Contact Information

  • James Kusie
    Director, Issues Management
    Office of Canada's Transport Minister John Baird
    Media Relations
    Transport Canada, Ottawa