Western Star Adds Stability Control

LAS VEGAS — Western Star Trucks is making Meritor Wabco’s roll-stability control system available on its 4700, 4800 and 4900 truck models, the truck maker said here at this week’s World of Concrete Show.

Available on trucks equipped with Meritor’s antilock braking system, roll-stability control helps driver maintain vehicle control by monitoring road conditions and automatically intervening when the system determines there is risk of a rollover, Western Star said.

For example, when the system senses that the truck may slide or roll over, it slows the truck’s speed by cutting back engine torque and engaging an engine retarder while also applying drive axle and trailer brakes. Once the system determines that the risk has passed, it resumes normal vehicle operation, turning control back over to the driver.

“Our safety options are designed to help our customers focus less on those risks and more on improving their daily operations,” said Mike Puncochar, product strategy manager for Western Star.

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