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According to Europe's car-safety gurus, NCAP, the Chevrolet Aveo is a safe car, as long as you don't hit anything head-on. Then, it turns into the most economical enabler of catastrophic chest compression you can buy. Singled out as having an "unacceptably high risk of life-threatening injury to the driver s chest," the Aveo nonetheless scored a three-star rating from the agency.

A wake-up call for the motor industry as Euro NCAP awards two star strike-through for the new Chevrolet Aveo* [NCAP]

Safety, Schmafety: The Least-Safe Cars of 06 [internal]