Despite General Motors’ announcement to equip every single future model in global markets with air bags, that hasn’t stopped backlash from the Latin NCAP, according to AutoCar Pro.
Most recently, the Latin NCAP performed its usual rounds of testing on the India-made Chevrolet Beat or Chevrolet Spark GT in Mexico. It came as no surprise the Beat earned zero stars in the crash tests, utterly failing in every area.
“Once again, we are very disillusioned by General Motors. As a global brand, they offer good safety levels for other regions. They should show that all consumers, regardless of geography, are valued the same when it comes to safety,” Maria Fernanda Rodriguez, president, Latin NCAP, said in a statement.
The Beat arrives with absolutely no air bags to protect occupants in the event of a crash, leading to traumatizing results in the crash dummies.
“The protection offered to the driver’s head and chest was poor while neck protection was weak due to the high chest deflection caused by its contact with the steering wheel, as well as the head impact with the steering wheel,” NCAP stated.