Poorly built cars blamed for fatal road accidents in Brazil

Article by Anita Panait, on May 14, 2013

Poorly built cars in Brazil have been tagged as major culprits in the increasing road accidents in the South American country. It seems that vehicles produced in and for Brazil come with weaker welds, inadequate safety features and inferior materials compared to similar models built for the United States and European consumers, according to experts and engineers inside the industry.

They say that thousands of Brazilians die every year in vehicle accidents that should have not been fatal in the first place. It turned out that four of five best-selling cars in the country failed their independent crash tests. These unsafe cars, aggravated by the country’s typically dangerous driving conditions, have resulted in a death rate that is nearly four times that of the US, according to an Associated Press analysis of Brazilian Health Ministry data on deaths compared to the size of each country's car fleet.

Brazil and the US are also moving in opposite directions on survival rates. While the US posted 40 percent fewer fatalities from car accidents in 2010 compared with a decade before, Brazil logged a 72 percent jump in fatalities, according to the latest available data. Dr. Dirceu Alves of Abramet, an association of doctors in Brazil specializing in treating road accident victims, told Associated Press that poorly built cars take an unnecessary toll.

He noted that the gravity of the injuries “arriving at the hospitals is just ugly," adding that they should not have not occured. Carmakers in Brazil, however, say their vehicle meet the country’s safety laws. Some of them quipped they produce tougher cars for Brazil due to poorly maintained roadways, rejecting any notion that production cost-cutting resulted to fatalities.

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