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GM to make OnStar, stability controls standard

NEW ORLEANS -- General Motors Corp. plans to put two safety features -- OnStar in-vehicle communications service and electronic stability control -- in all of its vehicles by the end of 2010, the company said yesterday. GM believes it would be the first automaker to make both features standard, a spokesman said.

The world's largest automaker said OnStar will be included on all vehicles in 2007. Stability control will be standard on all GM sport utility vehicles and vans by the end of 2007 and on all cars and trucks by the end of 2010.

GM North America president Gary Cowger said the added technology ''is another way to provide our customers an impressive combination of value, safety, and peace of mind. Except for the growing use of safety belts, we have rarely seen a technology that brings such a positive safety benefit as electronic stability control." He declined to discuss production costs.

The first year of OnStar service will be free. After that, owners will have to pay $199 for a year or $16.95 a month to maintain the service. OnStar alerts emergency services when air bags deploy or the sides of the vehicle are hit.

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