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
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
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)
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
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