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Last week, Latin New Car Assessment Programme (Latin NCAP) released six new crash test results for the Latin America and the Caribbean region. While Honda achieved five-star ratings for all its three tested vehicles (the HR-V, City and Fit), the Chevrolet Aveo received a zero-star rating.

The crash testing, conducted on an LHD foor-door Aveo sedan with no airbags as sold in the Mexican market, saw the car perform badly – Latin NCAP said that the the vehicle’s body-shell is unstable and that the lack of airbags had resulted in dummy readings representing a high risk of life-threatening injury.

The result prompted Latin NCAP to send a letter to GM CEO Mary Barra. In it, Maria Fernanda Rodriguez, president of the board of Latin NCAP, took the Aveo – which is manufactured in Mexico and sold in Latin America – to task, citing that the low safety levels of the car, coming from a global manufacturer, were unnacceptable.

“The Aveo is typical of a poor overall GM safety performance revealed in five years of independent crash testing carried out by Latin NCAP. GM brand Chevrolet performs the worst of all the major global car companies,” the letter stated.

Following the latest round of tests, the programme also published its first ranking of the comparative safety performance of car manufacturers in the Latin American market, calculating the average star rating awarded to each manufacturer based on all models evaluated since 2010. Based on adult occupant protection results, Chevrolet sat in ninth place with an average of 1.8 stars, just ahead of Chinese automakers JAC, Chery, Geely and Lifan.

Latin NCAP requested “that GM confirms the immediate standard fitment of airbags in the Aveo in Mexico” and “the removal of all zero-star cars from GM’s global product range,” stating that it was simply unacceptable in 2015 for a global manufacturer like GM to be producing cars with such poor safety aspects.