What is ESP: Cars sold in Chile must include stability control

Starting this Monday, October 3, all light vehicles (up to 2,700 kilos) sold in Chile must have the Electronic Stability Program (ESP or ESC, depending on the brand)), after a year of trial, as ordered by the Undersecretary of Transport.

Specifically, this system was born with the purpose of improving the directional stability of the vehicle through automatic control of the wheels of each axle. This was developed by Bosch and first implemented in a Mercedes Benz in 1995. It is estimated that the ESP has prevented about 15,000 deaths, according to La Tercera. Currently 82% of the vehicles sold in the world have the ESP system.

Likewise, it is necessary to bear in mind that in the old continent it has been mandatory since 2014, and in our country it began to be considered in the legislation since 2018, Thanks to the modification of Supreme Decree 26.

This document established a term of 24 months for the start of the mandatory Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) on all light vehicle models, and 36 for the ESP system, which was fulfilled this Monday.

Now, the brands must remove from the market vehicles that are not approved under the security regulations in force by the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications.


´For a car to comply with the mandatory safety elements to obtain an approval certificate under Chilean regulations, according to the Supreme Decree 26 must have:

  • Seat belt
  • safety glass for windshield
  • Rear window defogger
  • Apoyacabeza
  • Interior rearview mirror with day/night adjustment
  • Lights
  • seat anchor
  • Retractable steering column
  • Doble airbag frontal
  • Antilock Braking System (ABS)
  • Occupant Protection System
  • Folding rearview mirror
  • Safety belt reminder system
  • Anchorage for child safety seats
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
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