The disc brakes, traction control and Roll & Stability Control are all part of government mandated safety features starting in 2010. Even though the Ranger is axed after this year, they were still required to comply with those said standards.
that really sucks. you know how much crap i stuffed in there? i can fit my phone, crayons, my clip on sunglasses and some loose change in there. all at once. now? i'd be lucky to fit my phone in and it would stick out.