Hauling summer toys such as personal water craft, campers and all-terrain vehicles is now safer and easier with the Trailer Sway Control program on the new 2008 Saturn Vue.
The innovative feature is integrated into the vehicle's standard StabiliTrak system. When the system detects that the trailer is swaying, it applies the vehicle's brakes, independent of the driver applying the brake pedal, to help stabilize the vehicle. The StabiliTrak indicator light will flash on the gage cluster to signal the driver to reduce vehicle speed. If trailer sway continues, StabiliTrak will reduce engine torque to slow the vehicle.
Common causes of trailer sway include improper trailer weight balance, excessive vehicle speed, uneven road surfaces and strong side winds.
Trailer Sway Control is part of the Vue's comprehensive array of standard safety equipment that also includes six air bags, active front head restraints, collapsible foot pedals, antilock brakes and OnStar.
Vue XE AWD (3.5 V6), Vue XR FWD (3.6 V6) and Vue XR AWD (3.6 V6) can tow up to 3,500 lbs. Vue XE FWD (2.4 L4) and Vue Green Line hybrid (2.4 L4) both have 1,500 lb. towing capacities.
While the Vue's Trailer Sway Control system improves vehicle safety, drivers still need to operate in a safe manner. Before trailering, drivers should consult their owners' manual for complete information on towing safety and the capability of their vehicle.
Via: General Motors Corp.