GM says it will phase out cars without air bags by 2019

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DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. says it's phasing out cars without air bags and other safety features by 2019 after its Chevrolet Sail subcompact flunked a crash test in Latin America.

The Latin New Car Assessment Program — an independent testing organization — said Thursday the Sail received zero stars in its latest tests. The organization said the Sail is unstable and has no air bags. It also lacks three-point seat belts in all positions.

The Sail is made in China. It's one of several Chevrolet cars that have done poorly on Latin American tests.

Earlier this year, GM CEO Mary Barra defended selling cars without air bags, saying they're more affordable.

But on Thursday, GM said it's spending $5 billion to develop cars for emerging markets that will meet higher standards.