In China’s booming sport utility vehicle (SUV) market, many automakers are selling cars without electronic stability control (ESC) as a standard feature, potentially putting lives at risk from rollover accidents, according to Reuters. SUV sales topped 6 million in China last year, a jump of more than 50% in an overall market that grew less than 5%. Price-conscious drivers have shifted from foreign brands to cheaper domestic SUVs. To make the sale, many automakers and dealers only offer ESC as an extra, more expensive, option. There is no legal requirement in China for ESC. German parts maker Bosch [ROBG.UL] says 43% of SUVs do not come equipped with this technology.
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