DETROIT -General Motors says the addition of its stability enhancement system to 15-passenger vans is preventing accidents. The system also is boosting GM sales of full-sized vans, the automaker says.
The assertions come at a time when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is restating its warning of the rollover risk of 15-passenger vans.
Ross Hendrix, marketing director of commercial brand vans for GM's fleet and commercial operations, says the automaker has seen gradual but significant growth in sales of 15-passenger Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans this year.
GM made its Stabilitrak system, which is supplied by Delphi Corp., a standard feature on the vans in October 2003. Hendrix says the feature helps prevent the driver from losing control of a vehicle by analyzing the driver's intention and then responding. The Stabilitrak system is designed to reduce engine torque and apply brake pressure automatically to help keep the vehicle under control.