Brazilian cars more likely to kill, industry experts say

  • Article by: BRADLEY BROOKS , Associated Press
  • Updated: May 12, 2013 - 7:09 PM

Death rate from crashes is four times that in U.S., partly due to lack of safety features, advocates say.

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bobblumenfelMay. 12, 13 8:27 PM

"Automakers in Brazil say their cars meet the nation’s safety laws. " And I'm sure they're eager for the laws to be improved with more safety standards, aren't they?

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davewtcMay. 12, 13 8:50 PM

And so, Ford, GM< and Fiat go merrily along knowing that they can produce safer cars but do not because they don't have to? How do those executives sleep at night?

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lkylarryMay. 12, 13 9:25 PM

You've got a good point, Davewtc. The catch is that they can't produce those safer cars at a price point that would be competitive. They'd either not sell enough cars to stay in the market, or they'd go broke from selling a car that costs more to make for the same old price. I'm not saying they shouldn't do it. I'm just pointing out why they don't. I would be curious to see, however, if those better made cars, made to US safety standards, would sell better to the people who have the money to spend than the options that they currently have. By that I mean, would a Ford Focus made to US safety standards take away market share from a fancier expensive car made to lesser safety standards.

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minn12May. 12, 13 9:54 PM

Ummm, why no info on if Brazilian drivers are more accident-prone and/or drive more dangerously than other countries' drivers? Do they drive drunk more than other nations' drivers? And how is this a US issue if the cars meet the safety standards in Brazil?? Oh wait, I see why- this is just more left-wing drivel, now that they are complaining about the car makers' 'profits'. Give me a break. If Brazil has a problem, let Brazil fix it themselves.

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davehougMay. 13, 13 5:55 PM

HOW cars are driven and the condition of the roads and drivers determine IF a crash happens. However one car maker can not price themselves higher than the competition if the market doesn't reward safety. VOLVO could do it here. But none of us can predict if an entry-level car priced higher than all other entry-level cars would sell with 'stronger welds' and other features

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