12 Aug 19

Safest cars in Latin America – Latin NCAP

A top-rated safe car in Latin America today is one which scores five stars from Latin NCAP, the Latin America and Caribbean regional car safety assessment program, in addition to offering an auto emergency braking (AEB) system and pedestrian protection, Latin NCAP Secretary General Alejandro Furas told Fleet LatAm.

What does five-star mean? It is a vehicle that receives top marks for both adult and child occupant protection during front, side, and side (pole) impact tests. “Of course, many new car models are yet to be tested,” Mr. Furas said, explaining that some could actually be five-star models already.

Safety is of utmost importance for most fleet managers. For one, “we seek cars which have a Latin NCAP rating of at least four stars,” Latam indirect procurement manager for international pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson Thiago Foroni told Fleet LatAm.

Among the car models which have received five stars from Latin NCAP in 2019 are the Toyota RAV 4 compact SUV with seven airbags (May 2019) and the Volkswagen T-Cross compact SUV with six airbags (March 2019).

Those with four stars this year are the Toyota Etios sedan with two airbags (July 2019) and the Toyota Yaris sedan with two airbags (March 2019).

According to the World Health Organization’s Global Road Safety Report 2018, Latin America lags far behind the number of international vehicle safety standards seen in Europe.

If United Nation (UN) vehicle safety regulations were applied in the four key markets alone, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Chile, approximately 195,000 deaths and serious injuries could be prevented by 2030.

For more on the key insights of fleet vehicle safety and a great opportunity for networking and learning, we invite you to join us at the first ever Fleet LatAm Conference and Training in Mexico City taking place from 23 to 25 September. 

Authored by: Daniel Bland