ESP ELIMINATES 1 OUT OF 3 ACCIDENTS !!!!

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/business/6340233.htm
According to a study of German government data released last year by DaimlerChrysler AG, accident
rates for Mercedes vehicles in Germany fell by 29 percent between 1999 and 2000 after stability control became standard.
In 1999, Mercedes vehicles were in 15,000 crashes, while in 2000 they were in 10,600 crashes. In 2001, Mercedes vehicles were in 10,700 crashes, the study said. Crash rates for all other vehicles remained steady during that time, the study said. Studies in Japan and Sweden have shown similar results.
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That's all well and good, but it doesn't prove by itself that Mercedes cars had lower crash rates--it just says that fewer Mercedes cars were involved in accidents. What would be more useful would be if the article stated that for those years, Mercedes vehicles experienced crashes at the rate of x per 1,000 vehicles on the road, vs. y or z per 1,000 vehicles on the road.
Or better yet, in 2000 and 2001, Mercedes vehicles were involved in x and y crashes per 1,000 vehicle miles (or kilometers) vs. z per 1,000 (m/km) in 1999.
What if there were dramatically fewer Mercedes sold in Germany in 2000 and 2001 than in 1999? What if, as a whole, Mercedes owners drove less because fuel prices climbed unexpectedly? While the numbers are significant enough that stability control is almost certainly a major factor, this article really doesn't do a very good job of proving the point.
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