Brazil govt to perform crash tests after AP report

June 10, 2013 • World News

FILE – In this Nov. 25, 2012 file photo, rescue workers remove a man from a Ford Ka vehicle after an accident in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Ford Ka hatchback sold in Europe scored a high safety rating of four out of five stars when it was tested by Euro NCAP in 2008; its Latin American version scored one star. Ford acknowledged that particular Ka is built on an outdated platform, and said it cannot be compared with the European version of the same name. The Brazilian government says it’s building its first auto crash test facility to try to improve the safety record of cars sold in the country, hoping to have the facility operating by 2017. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano, File)

SAO PAULO (AP) — After a decade of spiking fatalities from passenger car wrecks, the Brazilian government said Monday it plans to build its first auto crash test facility in an effort to improve the poor safety record of vehicles built and sold in the world’s fourth-largest automobile market.

The decision comes a month after The Associated Press published an investigation that showed many cars built by the world’s biggest automakers and sold in Brazil had significantly fewer safeguards than the same or similar models sold in the U.S. and Europe.

The AP found that Brazilians die at four times the rate as Americans in passenger car wrecks and that fatalities rose more than 70 percent in Brazil in the past decade while falling 40 percent in the U.S. Independent tests have been conducted in Germany on Brazil’s most popular car models, and the results are bleak. Four of Brazil’s five top selling cars Login to read more

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