Shattering truth behind car safety drives call for change

The occupants of the European-made car on the right would have survived this crash, but not if they had been in the Latin America built car on the left, UNECE says. Photo: UN photo/Jean-Marc Ferrer

The lethal link between unsafe cars and tens of thousands of deaths every year on the world's roads came under the UN spotlight on Tuesday.

In a call to manufacturers to apply agreed United Nations safety standards, the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) warned that millions of new cars sold in middle and low-income countries fall short of current regulations.

UNECE chief Christian Friis Bach said it was unacceptable that cars sold in poorer countries were "deliberately less safe" than those in developed nations.

Daniel Johnson has more.

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