Cars for Latin American market dangerously ill-equipped.
Mexico manufactures three million cars per year, making the country the fourth largest auto exporter in the world. But here’s the the thing: Mexico has no brands of its own.
No, according Associated Press reporter Adriana Gomez Licon it’s global companies “like General Motors and Nissan” who comprise the booming Mexican auto industry, and the quality of what those companies make depends on what countries the end products are being shipped to. The reporter states:
Vehicles destined to say in Mexico or go south to the rest of Latin America carry a code signifying there’s no need for anti-lock braking systems, electronic stability control, or more than two air bags, if any, in its basic models.
The exact same cars, however, if being shipped to the U.S. or Europe are as fully-equipped with safety equipment as their destination countries require.
In the last ten years auto fatalities in Mexico have increased by 58 percent while U.S. car deaths have decreased 40 percent.
So is this an ethical problem for the auto manufacturers who are saving millions of dollars at the cost of Latin American lives, or is this a regulatory matter for each country?
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