Colleagues,

Global car safety organisations Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the New Car Assessment Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (Latin NCAP), Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP) will host a Car to Car crash test on 27 October 2016 at the IIHS headquarters in Virginia, USA. The test is between between two popular car models of the same sedan category - one sold in the United States and the other sold in Mexico.

The test will highlight the very significant difference in safety standards between these two base line sedan models sold by the same manufacturer in different markets.

Why is this important for you all to be aware of?

Vehicle manufacturers sell less safe vehicles in low and middle income countries than they sell in the more developed countries where they have to meet minimum safety requirements. As a consequence, a vehicle that looks the same may be much a more unsafe car for occupants in a developing country than an equivalent version of that model of vehicle in one of the more developed countries which insists on higher vehicle safety standards. Most major manufacturers have models that comply with the higher safety standards as required by EU, USA and other similar more demanding markets and could incorporate such safety features in vehicles sold in developing countries- but they choose not to. This test will show the huge difference in potential injury of occupants between a safer “five star” (5*) car and similar but a less safe zero star (0*) car.

GlobalNCAP and Latin NCAP have done an enormous service for road safety in highlighting such cynical practices by vehicle manufacturers with their earlier work on vehicles in Latin America.

Go to go www.globalncap.org to follow this and spread the information to your networks to make more people aware.

Alan Ross
President, International Road Safety Centre (IRSC)

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