Safety Worry for Cars made in Brazil
Car experts are concerned that cars destined for the Brazilian market are being made to less stringent safety standards than those made for other countries, putting lives at risk.
A Yahoo Finance report warned that death rates from crashes in Brazil are higher than the US. Independent safety tests on Brazil's most popular cars revealed worryingly low safety scores for models which score more highly in Europe and the US.
In some cases, cars with a four star European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) rating received only one star in the Latin NCAP.
The report said that industry insiders believe the lower safety requirements for the country are leading to shortcuts in manufacturing, a claim denied by many of the major car manufacturers.
However, basic safety standards such as airbags and anti-lock braking systems are not yet mandatory in Brazil, and cars there have performed badly in simulated crashes when compared with their European and US equivalents.