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Popular Name-Brand Cars Can Be Safe in One Country... and Deadly in Another.
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Posted On: 5/13/2013 1:48PM
GTwildfire

Who would have guessed? If you see a make/model that got 5 stars from a well-established Automaker, wouldn't you assume if you bought that same car elsewhere overseas, you would get one similarly as safe?

It would seem to be common sense, but so much for all of that. This is the Real World and unfortunately, apparently what is built and tested here can be something completely deficient elsewhere.

Brazil has FOUR TIMES the fatality rate for vehicular crashes, and while the that trend in the U.S. has been declining, over there it's rising.

Wherever you go, people are people. Parents bringing home that new Grocery Getter deserve to buy something their family won't die in... and for Brazilians, it looks like improvements won't be coming until 2015, also until they ditch their death traps, which in terms of family incomes and economics... could push their move to safety or even survivability back even further... 

Brazil doesn't have an established equivalent to the NHTSA for evaluating new or existing models... so why for the sake of Humanity don't these cars conform to IIHS standards at least? If a model has been tested in one country that has such regulations, why at least not market the same model elsewhere where no such regulations exist? Via Yahoo.

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Avatar By: satty12
5/13/2013 2:39 PM

Same reason some foreign models are not sold here.Its too expensive for the manufacturer to make all models sold globally conform with all the different safety standards and very cheap when a country has none at all.

 
Avatar By: Nova_Boy454ss
5/13/2013 8:00 PM

Currency plays a big roll in what cars are made and sold to certain countries. In the US or UK the average family can afford a safe sedan but import it to Brazil and it becomes a car for the wealthy. They kept the same "old" beetle until almost or just in to the early '90's cause it was simple and affordable for the average family. Was it safe? no but it was cheap reliable transportation. It is one of the main reasons you see other counties just starting to use cars on a regularly basis. Most still rely on bicycles and motorcycles.

 
Avatar By: GTwildfire
5/14/2013 6:05 AM

Satty, that's my point... global automakers didn't have a standard to conform to in Brazil. - These cars were actually, INTENTIONALLY made substandard. In other words, they must have gone out of their way to make the cars cheaper... unless every car is designed for Brazil, then the designs upgraded for the U.S. - hardly likely because some of the guilty ARE U.S. auto makers, apparently.

 
Avatar By: satty12
5/14/2013 10:36 AM

Ya wildfire it is sad that they do this, I had a roommate in college from Peru and he said Ford Focus and Chevy cavaliers were just tin can death traps down there and he had chrystler 300 older style that folded in half when he hit a guard rail at 30 mph. Just to name a few from the U.S.A .

 
Avatar By: satty12
5/14/2013 11:12 AM

Ya wildfire it is sad that they do this, I had a roommate in college from Peru and he said Ford Focus and Chevy cavaliers were just tin can death traps down there and he had chrystler 300 older style that folded in half when he hit a guard rail at 30 mph. Just to name a few from the U.S.A .

 
Avatar By: GTwildfire
5/14/2013 3:51 PM

looks like the good ol' U.S. somehow never entirely shook the habit of making complete crap. This is pathetic.

 
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