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Safer cars for Latin America Campaign Report

28 Jun 2016

This Consumers International campaign briefing provides a consumer perspective on the issue of car safety in Latin America. It aims to amplify the messages of the New Car Assessment Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (Latin NCAP), which has played a critical role in highlighting safety issues.

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It also serves as a call to action to Latin American governments and manufacturers in the region to fulfil the UN minimum vehicle safety standards, or national equivalents. 

This research, conducted by Consumers International, and focused on Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Chile and Argentina:

  • Highlights the double standards of manufacturers, including General Motors (GM)/Chevrolet, Nissan, Volkswagen, Fiat, Hyundai, Ford and Suzuki who continue to sell zero and one star car models to Latin American consumers that could not be sold in the US or Europe.
  • Cars that are unsafe, scoring only zero or one star in Latin NCAP crash tests, continue to dominate the top ten selling lists in Latin America.
  • GM/Chevrolet is identified as the leading manufacturer of zero star cars in Latin America. It is the only manufacturer with bestselling zero and one star cars for the past four years (2012-2015) in Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, selling more than 700,000 vehicles.
  • Qualitative surveys indicate sparse and at times inaccurate information about car safety features is provided to consumers at showrooms of the top manufacturers in Mexico, Peru, Chile and Argentina.


Download the full report and briefing below in English and Spanish.

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