Toyota has introduced ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) as a standard feature across all its product range. This standard feature will also be included in all the pre-facelift models that will continue to sell, alongside the recently launched Platinum Etios sedan and new Etios Liva hatchback.
Being a mass manufacturer in the country, it will be the first time that a company will offer essential safety features as standard in all of its products. Manufacturers lure buyers by offering accessories instead of packing up the safety features in the vehicles and in 2014, Toyota standardized dual airbags in all their products and was welcomed as well. And now, the Road Transport and Highways Ministry’s move to mandate ABS, dual airbags for all passenger vehicles by October 2018.
In terms of safety features, Toyota is leading its way with some other safety features along with ABS and EBD such as 3-point ELR seatbelts for all five seats, front seat belts also gets force limiters and pre-tensioners, while for the child safety, the company has standardized ISOFIX child seat mounts in all cars. we all know that safety does cost a bit more, but it is worth paying that bit where Toyota during the launch of the Platinum Etios sedan and new Etios Liva said that it would increase prices of all its models by the end of 2017.
In 2013, the Latin Crash test witnessed that the Etios Liva with airbags scored four stars for the adult occupants and two stars four and when repeated in this year by the Global NCAP crash test, the model scored the same. Companies like Volkswagen also made airbags as a standard feature on all products on slot and even Maruti Suzuki this feature in their vehicles, but as an optional, although in some models you can find driver’s side airbags.