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.

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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. 

 

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Issue: 183 | AUTOCAR INDIA – NOVEMBER 2014

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