Yeah the arrogance of some driver's is a major concern.
A little bit of trivia for you: the first ABS system used by Ford came from the supplier 'Bendix' and was excellent for the time - and only the third local car to have the feature available (from memory anyway - I know Verada was first, and the '91 Pulsar SSS had ABS optional). The EF and onwards (including the Fairlane) switched to Bosch, which it has been ever since.
My brakes have saved me once from a similar situation (though it was a genuine mistake on the part of the person changing into my lane) and I must admit I don't know why anyone would criticise them. I once drove a HQ Kingswood, and with non-power assisted (possibly 4 wheel drum) brakes, I might as well have opened the door and slid my shoe along the road to slow the thing down.
Jack Travis, E-Series Acting President
1989 Ford Fairmont Ghia turbo/GL replica (underway)
1994 Eunos 800M
1990 Ford Laser S