Ford reportedly will add anti-rollover technology to its Explorer and three other sport utility vehicle for the 2005 model year.

The Associated Press (AP) noted the Explorer has been the target of hundreds of lawsuits that say it is prone to roll over.

According to the report, Ford it is putting a new stability system in all versions of the 2005 Explorer, Mercury Mountaineer, Lincoln Aviator and Lincoln Navigator – it will be optional on the 2005 Ford Expedition.

Called roll stability control, the system reacts automatically when a vehicle begins to tilt. It seeks to right the vehicle by automatically slowing the engine and gently activating the brakes, AP said, adding that Ford has sold more than five million Explorers since the vehicle was introduced in 1990.

In 2000, millions of Bridgestone/Firestone tyres on Ford Explorers were recalled because federal safety officials found they were prone to losing their tread, causing rollovers – at least 271 U.S. traffic deaths have been linked to the failed tyres, the report noted.

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