DETROIT -- For years, suppliers such as Continental Teves and Robert Bosch have tried to convince automakers, consumers and safety regulators that stability control systems should be standard.
Someone is finally listening. Last week, the Chrysler group told of plans to make anti-rollover technology standard on all SUVs by 2006. General Motors and Ford Motor Co. previously pledged to make the safety feature available on their SUVs.
What broke the logjam? Competition, possible litigation costs and the potential to save 10,000 lives annually in the United States, says one supplier.
The Big 3 will add rollover protection to 2.5 million vehicles annually in the next two years, creating a windfall for some suppliers. Likely winners are Continental Teves, Robert Bosch, Delphi Corp. and TRW Automotive Inc.