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ANTI-LOCK BRAKES DEMONSTRATED AT AAA MICHIGAN HEADQUARTERS

 DEARBORN, Mich., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM) demonstrated the value of anti-lock braking systems (ABS) at AAA Michigan's headquarters in Dearborn today (April 22).
 "We strongly support the use of anti-lock braking systems on passenger vehicles for their role in crash avoidance," said AAA Michigan Community Safety Services Manager Jerry Basch. "Studies have shown that an average driver might benefit from anti-lock brakes in an emergency situation more than 12 times per 100,000 miles."
 Basch added that the 1.5 million-member Auto Club is planning future statewide educational programs to show how the system helps drivers remain in control of vehicles and substantially reduces the risk of crashes and related injuries and death.
 To demonstrate ABS, professional GM driver Richard "Doc" Whitworth test-drove two vehicles on a skid pad in AAA's parking lot -- one with and one without ABS. Whitworth showed how a driver with ABS can maneuver a vehicle around an obstacle, braking and steering simultaneously. The non-ABS vehicle can experience wheel-lock after sudden braking, making it more difficult to steer and avoid the obstacle.
 In addition to increasing a driver's ability to steer and control a vehicle while braking, ABS also provides shorter controlled stopping distances on many surfaces.
 Because ABS helps avoid crashes by providing an opportunity for greater driver skill level in braking and turning, widespread use could help control the future cost of auto insurance through claims reduction.
 ABS is activated when the brake pedal is applied and the electronic control unit detects an impending wheel lock. Then, the computer signals a hydraulic modulator to reduce, then re-apply, brake pressure several times a second as required.
 "A bonus of ABS is that it's simple to operate," Basch said. "The driver operates the brake pedal normally by holding it down and steering the vehicle. ABS does the rest."
 General Motors is completing a vigorous ABS phase-in program that makes it standard equipment or available as an option on almost 85 percent of its 1993 automobiles.
 Prior to the driving demonstration, AAA Michigan employees attended an audio-visual presentation on GM's effort in automotive safety.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Free of AAA Michigan, 313-336-1512/
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