Mexico's booming car industry sells unsafe cars at home, safe ones for export to US, Europe

  • Article by: ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 28, 2013 - 6:48 PM

RAMOS ARIZPE, Mexico — In Mexico's booming auto industry, the cars rolling off assembly lines may look identical, but how safe they are depends on where they're headed.

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greatxNov. 28, 13 6:00 PM

Where can I buy one of these "unsafe" cars? I am sick and tired of the governments constant meddling in my transportation business.

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plummpjNov. 28, 13 6:52 PM

"Unsafe" is a little misleading. Cars without stability control systems and "only 2 airbags" were commonly sold in the US just a few years ago.

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erikj3Nov. 28, 13 7:15 PM

If Republicans had their way, companies would only have to make one car, with no safety features, emission limits, or fuel efficiency standards whatsoever.

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love101Nov. 28, 13 7:29 PM

Yeah, I wish the government would just get out of the way and stop coddling us. An unsafe car = Freedom!!!!

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love101Nov. 28, 13 7:43 PM

And I wish all those dead people would just quit being such whiners! You died free of government regulation, blessed art thou! Now if we could just get the whole world onboard, people would be FREE to die in lots wonderful new ways.

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fishergNov. 28, 13 8:14 PM

To anyone who claims to have their "freedom impinged" because they have to buy a car in the U.S. with common sense and proven safety equipment.... The NTHSA can reply to such people: "You're Welcome" for saving over 10,000 lives a year......

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greatxNov. 28, 13 8:33 PM

fisherg says: "To anyone who claims to have their "freedom impinged" because they have to buy a car in the U.S. with common sense and proven safety equipment...."

What is "common sense" to you is an "infringement" of my "freedom to choose". Secondly, if all our cars have airbags, why am I still required, BY LAW, to wear a seatbelt?

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ddellwoNov. 28, 1310:10 PM

How did I ever survive my mother's '64 Impala.....?!

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milkman53Nov. 29, 13 7:23 AM

Looks like there IS a place for government regulations that level the playing field. They don't seem to be hurting GM's profitability and in fact, might be keeping the cost of GM's product liability lawsuits suits down.

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jbpaperNov. 29, 13 8:16 AM

Did the author only write about certain vehicles to try an prove her point or has pricing changed over the years? It's been years since I've been to Mexico but the last time I was there I was surprised by all the people driving what I thought were expensive vehicles, the main one being the Dodge Ram. After talking to people, I was told that they can get them for a lot less than we can because they lack safety and emission control systems.

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