Indian cars fail crash safety tests

Most small Indian cars don’t meet UN safety and Global NCAP standards. Many Indian cars score zero on crash & safety tests, European cars with airbags score better.

3
photos
Indian cars fail crash safety tests

Many Indian cars score zero, European cars with airbags score better.

Many Indian cars score zero, European cars with airbags score better.

NCAP, a body that regularly crash tests cars in Europe, has conducted a first ever independent crash tests on some of India’s best-selling cars – the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Tata Nano, Ford Figo, Hyundai i10, and the Volkswagen Polo. All the cars chosen by Global NCAP were entry-level versions (thats the standard procedure), and hence didn’t come with airbags; placing them at a disadvantage. 

Two test were carried out, the UN's basic safety test (40 percent offset at 56kph) and the Global NCAP test (40 percent offset at 64kph). 
 
 
Of the cars tested, only the Ford Figo passed the UN test despite not having a driver airbag. It was close, as the driver's head narrowly missed the steering wheel, but the Figo passed. VW has decided to withdraw the non-airbag-equipped version from the Indian market and upgrade all its cars with airbags. As a result "it was awarded a pass based on dummy readings from the 64kph crash", according to NCAP. All other carmakers were given the chance to upgrade their cars in this manner.
 
Table below: UN basic safety test (40 percent offset at 56kph)
 
As can be seen from the above table, only the Ford Figo passed the test without airbags. The Volkswagen Polo passed only when the car was re-tested with dual front airbags. 

 

Copyright (c) Autocar India. All rights reserved.
Our reviews of the Tata Tigor, the Honda WR-V, the Audi A5 Cabriolet, comparison of the Audi A4 diesel and its rivals and plenty more await you inside.
What's in this issue?

comments powered by Disqus

notSet

Many Indian cars score zero, European cars with airbags score better.
Trending Now
Latest News
Petronas launches Sprinta motorcycle lubricant in India
Equipped with UltraFlex technology, the lubricant aims to reduce the rattle...
6 hours ago   1 picture
BMW Chennai plant completes 10 years
The plant started operations on March 29, 2007, and has assembled 57,000...
7 hours ago   1 picture
Maruti Ciaz moves to Nexa from April 1, 2017
Ciaz will lose existing trim level nomenclature and follow Nexa naming...
8 hours ago   1 picture
BS-III ban deadline brings in big discounts
Manufacturers rush to clear stock of non-BSIV vehicles before March 31....
9 hours ago   1 picture
Isuzu MU-X India launch on May 11, 2017
The Isuzu MU-X will rival the Endeavour and the Fortuner; Likely to be...
10 hours ago   1 picture

Autocar Magazine

Issue: 212 | Autocar India: April 2017

Our reviews of the Tata Tigor, the Honda WR-V, the Audi A5 Cabriolet, comparison of the Audi A4 diesel and its rivals and plenty more await you inside.
Autocar Magazine
Latest Poll
What should Peugeot do with the Ambassador brand it acquired recently?




or View results
Revive the old car
  12%
 
Launch a new car with Amby's retro styling
  67%
 
Use the name for a low-cost brand
  4%
 
Nothing, Ambassador should have been left to the history books
  17%
TOTAL VOTES: 2524

Vote now
View previous Polls »