Cars Made for Mexico Skimp on Safety

Had the van that smashed into a truck on a Mexican highway, killing 13 and injuring 8, been manufactured for Canada or the US, the wreck might have been less deadly.
Carmakers based in Mexico meet strict safety regulations in vehicles they export—but take advantage of lax local restrictions on vehicles produced for domestic sales. Carmakers have fought to keep safety features standard in US cars, like 3-point rear seat belts and anti-lock brakes, from vehicles slated for sale in-country. Those features will be required in Mexico in 2020, but safety advocates have to fight for every scrap of progress.


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