Global New Car Assessment Programme released the latest crash test result of Indian cars, that scored zero star and Renault most popular hatchback also received the same scoring. The Renault Kwid was tested in three versions that included one with airbags, where each of the variants were rated with zero star for adult safety. The hatchback was tested for crash safety at a speed of 64kmph.
GNCAP tested the standard version of the Kwid with no airbags, scored zero stars in adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection. The collapse of the structure in the passenger compartment and the lack of airbags explained the poor result. Global NCAP also tested the updated Renault Kwid without airbags that also scored zero stars in the adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection, while the third-one was the updated Kwid with driver side airbag that also zero stars in the adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection.
The structure of both, the new Kwid with airbags and the one without airbags did not collapse but was rated as unstable as it could not withstand further load and a high compression in the dummy chest area explains the low score.
Speaking on this, Renault India Pvt. Ltd. said in a statement, “Safety is of paramount importance for Renault and all our products meet and exceed the requisite safety standards set by Indian Regulatory Authorities. India is gradually moving towards international safety norms by including more robust safety regulations and the assurance of the Bharat NCAP is a positive step in this direction. As a customer-focused company, Renault fully supports this initiative and we are already future-ready in terms of technology, design and engineering for enhanced safety for all our vehicles. Indian Government has announced that the crash test regulation for the existing cars will come into effect in 2019 and for the new cars in 2017. Renault is committed to comply with these timelines.”