Renault’s made in India Lodgy MPV has scored a very poor zero star rating in the crash tests conducted by globally renowned Global New Car Assessment Program (Global NCAP). These tests were conducted as a part of Global NCAP’s ‘Safer Cars For India Campaign’ in which Lodgy secured zero stars for adult occupant protection, and an average two-star rating for the child safety in the rear seat. Each vehicle goes through a number of impact tests including the frontal offset test which is carried out at a speed of 64 km/h.
The made-in-India Lodgy which was tested by Global NCAP did not feature airbags, it also misses out on crucial safety tech such as ISOFIX child seat anchorage. Renault India does not offer ABS (anti-lock-braking system) as a standard provision with the MPV, which is soon going to be mandatory in the country. Besides, Global NCAP has also rated the body shell of Renault Lodgy as unstable.
According to the test results for driver protection, Lodgy offers ‘Poor’ protection especially for the head. These results have been drawn through the tests conducted on the driver dummy which incurred heavy damage on head with the steering wheel, due to the lack of an airbag. This in turn impacted the safety rating for other body parts such as chest and knee protection for which the MPV has received either ‘Poor’ or ‘Marginal’ rating. On the other hand, the head impact rating for the co-passenger side was rated as ‘Good’ because of the lack of the lack of an object to have an impact with.
In response to the test results for the Renault Lodgy, the French car giant has generated a statement which reads, “All Renault products meet and exceed the regulations set by ARAI. Renault has taken great strides in vehicle safety. The company shares the goal of improving road safety worldwide, including the adoption of robust vehicle safety standards. Our products are ARAI certified, which is the current mandate in India. As India is gradually moving towards international safety and emission norms by including more robust regulations, Renault will be ready for the upcoming safety regulations and BS VI norms”.
The tests by Global NCAP are conducted at speeds that are higher than those prescribed by the regulatory authorities, not only in India but also in developed markets. The results of Global NCAP have to be seen in that perspective.