Five Indian cars including Mahindra’s Scorpio, eon, Maruti Suzuki’s Celerio, Eeco, Renault’s and Kwid failed miserably in the car crash tests conducted by global New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The five cars received ‘Zero star’ for safety in the latest Indian crash test results from Global NCAP released on Tuesday.
“The latest SaferCarsforIndia results show how important it is for cars to have a body shell that can remain stable in a crash,” said David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP, adding that it is “an absolutely crucial pre-requisite for occupant safety together with fitment at least of front airbags.”
Ward said that it was surprising that a manufacturer like Renault introduced the Kwid without essential safety features.The Renault Kwid was tested in three versions, including one with airbags, but each was rated as zero stars for adult safety.
Ward urged that all car manufacturers should strictly adhere tothe UN’s minimum crash test regulations, and support use of an airbag.
Renault in a statement said it would making immediate steps to correct the deficiencies.
“We welcome Renault’s efforts to correct this and we look forward to testing another improved version with airbags. Renault has a strong record of achievement in safety in Europe and it should offer the same commitment to its customers in India,” Ward said commenting on Renault’s statement to make amends.
India is the sixth largest automobile market in the world and the fast-growing market is expected to reach the no. four slot by 2020.
Speaking during the Indian Automobile Safety Conference hosted by IRTE in Faridabad, Ward continued,
“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.”