Skip to comments.Mexico’s booming car industry selling unsafe cars
Posted on 11/28/2013 1:29:39 PM PST by Olog-hai
In Mexicos booming auto industry, the cars rolling off assembly lines may look identical, but how safe they are depends on where theyre headed.
Vehicles destined to stay in Mexico or go south to the rest of Latin America carry a code signifying theres no need for antilock braking systems, electronic stability control, or more than two air bags, if any, in its basic models.
If the cars will be exported to the United States or Europe, however, they must meet stringent safety laws, including as many as six to ten air bags, and stability controls that compensate for slippery roads and other road dangers, say engineers who have worked in Mexico-based auto factories.
Because the price of the two versions of the cars is about the same, the dual system buttresses the bottom lines of automakers such as General Motors and Nissan. But its being blamed for a surge in auto-related fatalities in Mexico, where laws require virtually no safety protections.
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Hubby has a 2012 Mercedes GLK AWD and actually hates the way it drives because of that. He has a bad back and we bought it because he could barely get in and out of my Jaguar anymore. I still drive the Jag because I love the way it drives. lol
I do agree the push for lighter vehicles is a bad idea. Small cars are great for urban driving, but are unsafe in high speed collisions.
One more thing. You would be surprised at how little difference there is in vehicle weight between comparable cars then and now. The older cars look heavier because they are longer.
About the same weight:
He needs to check the manual - mine allows me to turn it off by holding a button for 3 seconds. It leave a light on the instrument panel to let me know it's off, but it's no big deal. Turning it off gives me peppier acceleration and crisper shifting of the tranny - especially downshifting when you step on it.
I'm envious - I bet the Jag is a fine ride...
I love my Jag!! I almost refuse to drive the Mercedes even though it is newer. Lol