Five popular Indian cars score zero in Global NCAP crash test
18 May 2016, 10\:00
Response from Mahindra\:
'All Mahindra Automotive products are developed and manufactured to meet or exceed the safety standards set in India. In fact, many models exceed the expected regulations of 2019. The star rating as released by Global NCAP (GNCAP) in the latest crash test was conducted on non-airbags variant of the Scorpio. Typically, in any star rating process, non-airbag variants do not perform well on safety standards. Most variants of the Scorpio are equipped with airbags and a safety package. Approximately 75 per cent of Scorpio customers choose the air bags variants of the vehicle.'
Response from Renault India\:
'Safety is of paramount importance for Renault and all our products meet and exceed the requisite safety standards set by Indian Regulatory Authorities. 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.'
17 May 2016, 16\:54
Indian cars are not safe and thats a fact. Dont believe us? We wonder why you won't, but if you need proof here it is. Global NCAP, the independent car safety assessment agency has crashed, err…tested, five popular cars that are sold in our market.
These cars range from entry-level hatchbacks (that makeup more than 50 per cent of total car sales) to SUVs and people movers. They are the Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Hyundai Eon and Mahindra Scorpio. All these names might be familiar to you, why? Because these are all cars that most of us buy. It also highlights the sad state of affairs and the prevalent callous attitude towards ones own safety.
Now, coming to the matter at hand. There is no need to explain the cars one-by-one as all of them have the same flaw – an unstable body structure and lack of airbags. Renault entered three versions of the Kwid with hopes of passing but that was not to be. These three were the earlier Kwid with no airbags, an evolved version thats been in production since April 2016 without airbags and the same car with airbags. Needless to say all three got nada in adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection. It is worth mentioning that the evolved version was found to have some structural reinforcements only on the driver side and not on the passenger (left) side.
Of all the five cars tested, barring the Celerio and Eeco who received a single star, the others managed to get at least two stars for child protection.
Clearly expressing his disappointment David Ward, secretary general, Global NCAP says, “The latest SaferCarsforIndia results show how important it is for cars to have a body shell that can remain stable in a crash. This is an absolutely crucial pre-requisite for occupant safety together with fitment at least of front air bags. It is very surprising that a manufacturer like Renault introduced the Kwid initially lacking this essential feature. Global NCAP strongly believes that no manufacturer anywhere in the world should be developing new models that are so clearly sub-standard.”
The results were revealed at the Indian Automobile Safety Conference hosted by IRTE in Faridabad. Where, Ward also welcomed the forthcoming launch of Bharat NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme).