A safety feature that might have helped is electronic stability control (ESC), a technology that automatically brakes individual wheels and reduces engine power to help drivers maintain control during skids and keep their vehicles on the road.
It saved 1,362 lives in 2012, the year it became standard equipment on passenger vehicles sold in
For cars and SUVs, ESC has been found to reduce fatal single-vehicle crash risk by 49 percent and fatal multiple-vehicle crash risk by 20 percent, according to the
Last year, federal regulators ordered ESC be installed on all large new trucks in 2017 and commercial intercity buses in 2018. NHTSA estimated that ESC on large trucks could prevent 40 to 56 percent of rollovers and 14 percent of loss-of-control crashes, the
But school buses were excluded, since NHSTA cited federal data showing most school bus crashes are not rollover or loss-of-control crashes that ESC systems can prevent, according to a
School buses were excluded from stability control requirements, he wrote, despite requests to equip school buses with the technology from
"I can say from experience driving a school bus that had electronic stability control on a test track, it really makes a difference when you're driving a little too fast and you're going around a turn, you feel that ESC system kick in and it will apply the brakes automatically as needed to keep the bus under control," McMahon said Tuesday in a telephone interview.
"I can't say for sure in that this would have helped in this crash," he said. "But that is a technology that can make a difference in some situations."
Some school bus manufacturers offer stability control. Bluebird, which offers Bendix brand's Electronic Stability Program, or ESP, was the first to introduce it as an option in 2014. Bluebird charges between
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