Recently, Global Ncap crash tested some of the Indian cars and now the latest test results were released today, where all five models Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon, scored zero star. These all vehicles showed low levels of adult occupant protection. In 2014, GNCAP had tested eight cars including Volkswagen Polo, Maruti Alto 800, Maruti Swift, Tata Nano, Hyundai i10, Ford Figo, Toyota Etios, and Datsun Go.
Out of these, the Polo and Etios received four-star ratings for frontal protection, while rest of the vehicles got zero stars. All the cars were tested at a speed of 64kph for crash safety, that showed the body shell on these cars collapsed, exposing the dummy occupants to life-threatening injuries. The Renault Kwid was tested in three versions, including one with airbags, but each was rated as a zero star for adult safety, while two stars in child occupant protection.
Commenting on the latest crash test results, David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP said, “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 air bags. 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 further added, “Car makers 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. Legislative action is needed to ensure that the minimum levels of occupant protection recommended by the United Nations are guaranteed for Indian consumers. But manufacturers don’t have to wait for legislation and we urge them to act to eliminate all zero star cars from production as soon as possible.”
“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.”