Friday, September 17

Latin NCAP and its importance for cars in Latin America | Digital Trends Spanish

The number of vehicles sold in Latin America increases every year. In 2020, for example, more than two million cars were sold in Brazil, a figure that positioned it as the country in the region where the most cars were sold, according to data from the site Statista.

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15, we want you to meet Latino talents in technology, in this case, an automotive safety agency in the region.

The problem is that many of these cars do not always meet the necessary safety standards, which can become a real inconvenience, as traffic accidents remain one of the most common causes of death in the region.

For the same reason, it is important that there are independent bodies that care about the safety offered by the cars that circulate on the streets of the different Latin American cities.

One of these instances, perhaps the most relevant, is the program Latin NCAP, which offers people who want to purchase a car information related to each of the models sold in the region.

According to its official website, “the New Vehicle Assessment Program for Latin America and the Caribbean (Latin NCAP) provides consumers with independent and transparent information about the safety levels offered by the different models of vehicles on the market.”

How does it work?

This program awards safety ratings based on the evaluation of the protection of the occupants (adults and children) of a vehicle. The protection of pedestrians, vulnerable users and safety assistance systems is also considered. Ratings range from zero to five stars.

Thus, in a car that receives zero stars, the occupants may have life-threatening injuries in any of the crash configurations that are evaluated.

Meanwhile, in a five-star car and in the same accident conditions, passengers have a high probability of not suffering serious or permanent injuries.

On the Latin NCAP site the tests are detailed that are carried out, among which stand out those of frontal, lateral, lateral post impact and emergency braking.

The portal also shows the results for each make and model of vehicle. In this way, whoever is about to buy a car has knowledge of its performance in terms of safety.

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