Mexico-s booming car industry selling unsafe cars — Volkswagen Clasico

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RAMOS ARIZPE, (AP) — In Mexico’s booming industry, the cars rolling off lines may look identical, but how they are depends on where headed.

Vehicles destined to in Mexico or go south to the rest of America carry a code there’s no need for antilock systems, electronic stability or more than two air bags, if in its basic models.

If the cars be exported to the United States or however, they must stringent safety laws, as many as six to 10 air bags, and stability that compensate for slippery and other road dangers, say who have worked in Mexico-based factories.

Because the price of the two of the cars is about the same, the system buttresses the bottom of automakers such as General and Nissan. But it’s being for a surge in auto-related fatalities in where laws require no safety protections.

We are paying for that are far more expensive and far safe, said Alejandro technical director for Global New Car Program, or NCAP, a vehicle group. Something is very

In 2011, nearly 5,000 and passengers in Mexico died in a 58 percent increase since according to the latest available from the country’s transportation Over the same decade, the reduced the number of auto-related by 40 percent. The … rate in when comparing fatalities the size of the car fleet, is more 3.5 times that of the U.S.

Nevertheless, Mexico hasn’t any safety proposals other general seat belt for its 22-million strong auto Even then, the laws mandate three-point shoulder necessary to secure child seats.

Brazil and Argentina, on the hand, have passed requiring all vehicles to have front air bags and antilock systems by next year.

An Press investigation this found that Brazil’s plants produce cars at Latin American consumers lack basic safety Like Brazil, Mexico run its own crash test facility to cars’ safety before hit the road.

Dr. Arturo Cervantes director of the Mexican Health National Accident Prevention said the country has a long way to go to safety standards, but challenging the $30 billion auto industry be difficult.

It’s a complicated because of the amount of money bring to this country. The protects them, Cervantes the AP. But there are plans, there is a We have a working group the car industry.

Auto plants a swath of central Mexico, out about 3 million cars a while lifting into the class auto hubs in the of Aguascalientes and Puebla. In a matter of a few Mexico has become the world’s biggest auto exporter, having no homegrown brands, and the car fleet doubled between and 2011, the latest national show.

In fact, consumers in first-world are paying the same or even for safer cars.

For example, versions of Mexico’s second popular car, the Nissan made in central Aguascalientes, with two air bags, but without stability control systems, use sensors to activate brakes a car loses control.

The sticker of the newer generation of the sedan to $16,000. The U.S. version of the car has six air bags in the front, on the sides and in the roof, in addition to an electronic control system. That price is about $14,000.

the basic version of the Chevrolet which has been revamped and Sonic, sells for about in the U.S. and comes with 10 air antilock brakes and traction Its Mexican equivalent, the country’s car, doesn’t have any of protections and costs only less.

Nissan Mexicana Herman Morfin said in a it is common practice to add different depending on the intended market.

Because there are many of specifications and equipment, specific strategies by country, in addition to the tax among countries, states and also including transportation and costs, it’s not possible to a direct comparison among sold in each market, on the list price published on the Morfin said.

Morfin two of Nissan’s most popular — the Versa and the Sentra — are packaged two air bags and an antilock braking which is more than required by the Mexican government.

GM declined repeated requests to an engineer who headed a manufacturing at the company in Mexico until year said the company on costs by not adding safety

For the company to make more net and so that cars are sold at affordable prices, we would aside some accessories. Air ABS brakes, those were the to go, the engineer said. He spoke on of anonymity, citing a confidentiality with the company.

Three engineers who worked with and GM for four years and are still in auto design for other were interviewed on similar of anonymity, and they confirmed the built cars with different safety features on where they’d be sold.

The National Highway Traffic Administration said air bags and stability control have tens of thousands of injuries in accidents and reduced fatal by as much as a third in the U.S.

Paco de Anda, the director of the chapter for the accident-prevention group Kids, said Latin consumers have to pay extra for protections.

Features that are mandatory in other countries, they are selling them as items, De Anda said. here have no education road safety. so they pay for it.

A GM worker who gets paid a week said people in America cannot afford to buy that are fully loaded safety features.

We’re not countries, said the worker, who not to be identified because he was afraid of his job at the GM plant in the town of Ramos where Chevrolet Sonics, SRXs and Captiva SUVs are

Yet crash test results exactly what’s being for savings.

One of Nissan’s most models in Mexico, the Tsuru, is so it has only lap seat belts in the and some versions have no air at all. The car is not sold in the U.S. or

At a recent Latin NCAP test presentation, the Tsuru’s door ripped off upon at only 37 mph. Its roof and the steering wheel slammed the crash test dummy’s The Tsuru scored zero out of a possible five.

When asked about the test, Nissan representatives in an email that consumers to ask for it because of its durability, reliability and without responding specifically to the results. More than Tsurus have been in Mexico in the past six years, at $10,000 each.


Carlos and his wife Diana Martinez driving their two small in a red Tsuru from their Mexican town of Doctor across the length of Mexico to state for Holy Week in March. The sky turned dark as neared central Mexico, and than 250 miles from they were hit head-on by a driver in a red Ford Ranger truck.

The couple died chest and head injuries; the wheel struck Gomez’s and the dashboard crushed his wife’s The children survived but spent in the hospital. Six-year-old Carlos wears a cast from the down. He cannot walk.

car was way worse off than the car the other boy was said the mother’s brother, Martinez. We want more cars.

The family said the investigation determine whether air bags have saved the parents’ but there was an air bag in the truck that them. The driver was not injured.

of Global NCAP, said automaker behavior will the region’s few watchdog groups and government regulators to apply far pressure on automakers.

Volkswagen, for began adding two air bags to its model after the German learned that Latin was going to choose the car for crash because of its popularity, Furas The model sold in Europe and the as Jetta comes standard six air bags.

Mexico has to take a look at itself, at the problems facing, Furas said. It is unsafe cars to its own people, it can be selling safe cars it can build.

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