The Motor Industry Association is calling on the Government to make electronic stability control mandatory for used imported cars.
The association's chief executive, Perry Kerr, says doing so would save lives and reduce the number of injuries on the road.
In the past decade, Mr Kerr says, used imports have lagged well behind the latest safety and environmental technologies.
He says if the Government moves quickly and mandates electronic stability control it would have little or no impact on the used import industry.
The Motor Industry Association represents the new-vehicle industry.