Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza scored a four star safety rating in the Global NCAP crash test for the adult occupants and for the child occupants, it scored 2 star rating. The test model of the Vitara Brezza compact SUV was packed with standard ABS, double airbags along with ISOFIX anchorages.
Speaking on this, David Ward, Global NCAP, Secretary General, said, “The four star result for Maruti Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza is really impressive. It demonstrates clearly the safety engineering capabilities of India’s leading vehicle manufacturer. It also shows the beneficial effects of the Indian Government’s new crash test standards helping to raise levels of vehicle safety. We are getting very close now to seeing India’s first five star car." Further, he also added, Renault Lodgy scoring a zero star is extremely disappointing. "Global NCAP had hoped that Renault had learned from the difficult experience they had with the Kwid. It’s time now for Renault to make front air bags standard across their entire Indian product range."
For the adult occupants, the protection to the driver’s and the front passenger’s head and neck was good and also their protection for the chest was adequate due to the dual front airbag feature. However, both the front occupants’ knees could impact with dangerous due to the Tran fascia tube that lie in the dashboard. The bodyshell can withstand further loading and was was rated as stable. While for the child occupants, the child seat was to prevent excessive forward movement during the test and did the belted CRS for the 1.5 year old child. The instructions for installing both child seats were sufficient and permanently attached to the seat. However, the GNCAP still gave a 2 star rating for the child occupants, as the car gave the warnings as to the hazards associated with installing a rearward facing child seat on the front passenger seat with an active airbag but its marking is not enough to meet the criteria.
Global NCAP also said that the model built by the homegrown car manufacturer like the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Nexon are clear examples of the improvement in the safety levels in the Indian car market.