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Sales over safety for Chinese SUV makers

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>> They may be rolling out of show rooms at a blistering rate, but many SUVs in China are coming at a serious cost, safety. Several local brands are fighting to undercut each other in a market that grew more than 50% last year. And to keep their vehicles affordable, they're leaving out features that could save lives, selling them only as more expensive add-ons.
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Beijing correspondent Jake Spring explains the risk that millions of drivers are facing.>> Many SUVs in China, especially Chinese brands, don't offer a technology called electronic stability control. Electronic stability control is more essential in SUVs because they have a higher center of gravity than a car, which places them at greater risk of flipping over.
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Basically, if the SUV starts to skid, the technology can rebalance the car. Bosch estimates that roughly 43% do not have this technology. That means several million SUVs are on the roads that do not come equipped with electronic stability control.>> It may look like a devious sales tactic, but according to Chinese law, the SUV makers aren't actually doing anything wrong.
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>> Electronic stability control isn't a legal requirement, and in general safety features don't face the same requirements as they do in developed markets like the United States or Europe. That's common for developing markets. For example, in India, airbags are not a requirement.>> Stability control became a hot topic in the US after several accidents involving Ford Explorers.
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That led to new safety regulations, which authorities estimate saved more than 2,000 lives. China hasn't had that kind of wake up call yet.>> Experts say crash data in the country is either unavailable or unreliable.