Five More Indian Made Cars Fail Crash Test – NDTV CarAndBike

Five More Indian Made Cars Fail Crash Test

  • Kwid, Scorpio, Celerio, Eeco and the Eon fail to score a single starlet
  • Four cars scored two starlets in child safety
  • Renault promises to take corrective act at the earliest

Made in India cars have failed crash tests. Again. In the third round of tests involving popular models sold in India, Global NCAP has crashed the Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon. All cars have received zero starlets for safety in the tests.

The ordinary truth here is that to pass these tests vehicles must carry some basic safety equipment – dual airbags is a mandated requirement. The fact that none of these cars have airbags as standard, means that like in the previous tests, they failed even before they could be crashed. Of course the structural integrity of the car’s assets shell is also tested, and here too many performed poorly.

India is the world’s sixth largest automobile market, and is projected to overtake South Korea and Germany and hop to the fourth spot by 2020. It is also a global manufacturing hub for several automakers. This is why Global NCAP has taken up the matter of safety regulation and appealed to the Indian government to take steps to institute a Fresh Car Assessment Programme or NCAP, for India. Global NCAP’s very first India crash test was conducted almost three years ago with five models – Tata Nano, Maruti Suzuki Alto800, Ford Figo, Hyundai i10 and VW Polo. The next round in two thousand fourteen used two models – Datsun GO and Maruti Suzuki Swift.

Other markets like the US, EU, Latin America, Australia, China and even South East Asian countries have their own NCAP. India is the only major automobile market that does not.

The latest tests, conducted by Global NCAP, showcased that in an accident, all the cars would leave the driver with possible life-threatening injuries to the occupants. All the cars scored two starlets each for child safety, barring the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, which was able to score only one starlet.

David Ward, the secretary general of Global NCAP, said, “The latest ‘Safer Cars For India’ test results showcase how significant it is for cars to have a bod shell that can remain stable in a crash. This is an absolutely crucial pre-requisite for occupant safety together with fitment of at least front air bags. It is very surprising that a manufacturer like Renault introduced the Kwid primarily lacking this essential feature. Global NCAP strongly believes that no manufacturer anywhere in the world should be developing fresh models that are so clearly sub-standard. Car makers must ensure that their fresh models pass the UN’s minimum crash test regulations, and support use of an airbag.”

Renault for its part has already said it will rework the Kwid to make it safer. It shares space with cars like the Maruti Suzuki Alto and now the Hyundai Eon that have also fared dreadfully in similar tests tho’. Reacting to the tests, Renault India has said, “Indian Government has announced that the crash test regulation for the existing cars will come into effect in two thousand nineteen and for the fresh cars in 2017. Renault is committed to obey with these timelines.” Meantime, Maruti Suzuki has declined to comment, while we await statements from Hyundai.

(Global NCAP Table )

We must point out that the Mahindra Scorpio is the only exception in the pack – as it offers dual airbags as at least optional on every variant – including the base model. This is now true of the entire range f Mahindra vehicles, and was a decision Mahindra moved towards after the very first round of crash tests three years ago. Mahindra and will be updating you on the same. Mahindra says, “Most variants of the Scorpio are tooled with airbags and a safety package. Approximately 75% of Scorpio customers choose the air bags variants of the vehicle.”

It must be noted that the idea of having crash tests is primarily to increase awareness and permitting consumers to make the choice – until the government does impose basic safety norms by law. We do hope that we proceed to see positive movement towards the larger objective of having safer vehicles, in a country that resumes to hold the record for highest road deaths every year. The Global NCAP has welcomed the idea of a forthcoming launch of a Bharat Fresh Car Assessment Programme, but this assessment – for front and side influence crash tests – will only be done from October 2017. In the meantime, the Global NCAP has appealed to carmakers to act instantaneously to eliminate all zero starlet cars from production as soon as possible.

Prices for the cars that failed the Global NCAP tests: (All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi)

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