In January 2010, the IDB signed a participation agreement with the FIA Foundation to develop activities that will promote road safety in the region. Within this framework, in collaboration with the ICRT*, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile FIA, the FIA Foundation and the Gonzalo Rodriguez Foundation, the IDB joined the Latin America's New Car Assessment Program (Latin NCAP).
The objective of this initiative is to promote that the vehicles manufactured in the region meet the same safety standards required for the same vehicles sold in other regions. The purpose is to generate the evidence needed to inform consumers and regulators and raise awareness among governments about the need to implement measures to minimize the physical impact on children and adults at the time of a crash.
The initiative, which has had a strong impact on the conscience of the community, while presenting the Phase II results in 2011 and showing the few security features that characterize the vehicles sold in the Latin American market, is now in phase III. The results of the crash tests will be presented in November 2012 in Buenos Aires (Argentina).
*ICRT:International Consumer Research and Testing