In this March 6, 2008 photo, Ford Ka cars are assembled in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. The Ford Ka hatchback sold in Europe scored a high safety rating of four out of five stars when it was tested

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In this March 6, 2008 photo, Ford Ka cars are assembled in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. The Ford Ka hatchback sold in Europe scored a high safety rating of four out of five stars when it was tested by Euro NCAP in 2008; its Latin American version scored one star. Ford acknowledged that particular Ka is built on an outdated platform, and said it cannot be compared with the European version of the same name. More than 10,000 cars roll off the local assembly lines of the industry's biggest automakers a day. The country is now the fourth largest auto market in the world. But experts say thousands of Brazilians are dying every year in auto accidents that in many cases shouldn't have proven fatal. (AP Photo/Andre Penner) less 

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