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 it’s being blamed for a surge in auto-related fatalities in Mexico, where laws require virtually no safety protections.
“We are paying for cars that are far more expensive and far less safe,” said Alejandro Furas, technical director for Global New Car Assessment Program, or NCAP, a vehicle crash-test group. “Something is very wrong.”
A Mexican family’s tragedy: Mother and father die in car without basic safety features
DOCTOR ARROYO, Mexico (AP) — Six-year-old Carlos Gomez has been in a wheelchair with a cast from his waist down since a drunken driver in a pickup truck slammed into his family’s sedan. The accident left both his parents dead and his 3-year-old sister with a shattered thigh bone.
The family had set out on a Holy Week road trip in March to visit relatives in southern Mexico when the pickup swerved into their lane and struck their Nissan Tsuru head-on.
The Tsuru’s steering wheel tore through the rib cage of the father, also named Carlos Gomez. His wife’s head collided with the dashboard and snapped back with such force that her seat ended up fully reclined.
Relatives say a safer car could have changed the outcome, though a police report made no determination.
Perhaps one or both the parents would have survived if the red 1998 Tsuru had air bags installed, two brothers of Diana Martinez say.
Police in Egypt arrest prominent activist for inciting protests as demonstration clash kills 1
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces arrested a prominent political activist Thursday night over inciting a demonstration in defiance of a new law heavily restricting protests in the country, his family said.