Differences in Airbags and Safety Features in Cars from Other Countries» Print This Page
- May 19, 2013
- Airbag Defects and Injuries
A recent report on NBC News highlights differences in airbags and other important safety features in cars sold in other countries. The reports specifically discussed the cars currently being sold in Brazil, and their (lack of) certain safety features. According to the report, many of the cars lack basic safety features such as air bags, high-strength safety cages, and other features. This remains true for the Brazilian cars, even if cars are sold by the same name in other parts of the world. As a result, the passenger death rate in Brazil is about four times higher than the death rate here in the United States. Also, even though the death rate is falling here, it is actually increasing in Brazil. The report also notes that the car companies make a higher profit on their Brazilian cars than elsewhere. The automakers specifically identified in the report include General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen (VW) and Fiat, among others.
In our cases, we have actually identified differences between certain models sold in the United States, when compared with models sold overseas, primarily in Europe. For example, there were certain tests conducted in Europe that were not widely conducted in the United States. This sometimes resulted in the air bag systems in Europe having specific safety characteristics that were not present in the U.S. models. There simply is no excuse for automakers to offer U.S. consumers less safety than the products they sell elsewhere in the world.