The Indian cars recently participated in the safety test organized by the Global NCAP in Faridabad. The test results are very disappointing as all the cars have scores zero safety rating. It means that these cars are completely unsafe to drive on the Indian roads. The cars lack basic safety equipment and build quality as well.
The tests have been conducted after two years and the new set of cars were expected to perform well this time but still things didn’t work. GNCAP tested 8 car models namely Volkswagen Polo, Datsun Go, Maruti Alto 800, Maruti Swift, Tata Nano, Hyundai i10, Ford Figo and Toyota Etios. Among these 8 models, only Etios and Polo could make it up to a four-star rating in front collision test, leaving behind others with a zero rating.
In the recent test round, the tests were carried away on top-selling Indian cars- Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon. The results turned out to be disappointing once again. The Renault Kwid that offers airbags on one variant still stored zero-star rating in adult safety category.
During the Indian Automobile Safety Conference hosted by IRTE in Faridabad, David Ward, secretary general of Global NCAP stated, “The latest ‘SaferCarsforIndia’ results show how important it is for cars to have a body shell that can remain stable in a crash. This is an absolutely crucial pre-requisite for occupant safety together with fitment at least of front airbags. It is very surprising that a manufacturer like Renault introduced the Kwid initially lacking this essential feature. Global NCAP strongly believes that no manufacturer anywhere in the world should be developing new models that are so clearly sub-standard.”
He added, “Carmakers must ensure that their new models pass the UN’s minimum crash test regulations, and support use of an airbag. The results highlight the importance of the Indian Government’s decision to mandate front and side impact crash tests from October 2017.”
Unveiling the test results, Ward said, “Global NCAP also welcomes the forthcoming launch of a Bharat New Car Assessment Programme which can help build a market for safer cars in India.”
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