DETROIT - General Motors will install stability control systems as standard equipment in the GMC Savana and Chevrolet Express 15-passenger vans sometime in the 2004 model year.
Installation probably will start after Jan. 1, GM says.
The automaker has not determined how this technology will affect the vehicles' sticker prices.
Stability systems are designed to help drivers keep control of their vehicles in risky situations, such as driving on ice or gravel, or making emergency lane changes. GM says it won't directly prevent rollovers but "may help drivers avoid the conditions that cause them."
The automaker has been studying the feasibility of putting this technology in the vans for more than a year, a spokesman says.
GM already offers the system, badged StabiliTrak, Precision Control and Active Traction, in other vehicles. It will be called StabiliTrak in the vans.