A latest NCAP car test conducted for Indian cars resulted in five of the most famous Indian cars failing the crash test being conducted over them. Global NCAP is an UK based safety and testing organization.
The cars which were tested include: Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon.
According to the results of the test, all of these vehicles showed very low level of the protection for the adult occupant protection.
It was tested in three versions which include airbags and was rated with the zero star in the test being conducted over the same.
David Ward, Secretary General of the Global NCAP commenting over the same said, “The latest ‘Safer Cars for India’ results show how important it is for cars to have a body shell that can remain stable in a crash.”
“It is quite surprising that the manufacturer like Renault which has introduced the Kwid initially is lacking the essential feature of the safety rating of the front air bags,” He added.
Welcoming the efforts by Renault for resolving the issue NCAP is looking forward for testing the improved version with the airbags.
When the standard version of Kwid was tested without the airbags it scored zero stars for the adult occupant protection and two stars for the child occupant protection.
Renault had proposed an updated version of the Kwid, which is in production since April 2016.
It was expected that the structural reinforcements would be implemented in this particular version for the Kwid but when the Global NCAP conducted the tests, it lack the reinforcements for the left passenger side.
Even the newer Kwid with the driver airbag scored the same score.
This car is offering a standard version without providing the airbags and scored zero star for the adult occupant protection and two stars in case of the child occupant protection.
The main reason behind the same being the unstable structure in the passenger compartment and also the absence of airbags.
Commenting over the same Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) spokesperson said, “Hyundai vehicles are designed and build to meet all the prescribed safety standards set by the Indian regulatory authorities.”
Maruti Suzuki Celerio:
The car without airbag Maruti Suzuki Celerio scored zero stars in the case of adult occupant protection and one star in case of child occupant protection.
Lack of air bags has resulted in the poor result of the car. Similarly the non-airbag Eeco has also scored zero star in the case of adult occupant protection and one star in the case of child occupant protection.
This car also scored zero star in the case of adult occupant protection and two star in the case of child occupant protection.
The test was conducted on non-airbag variant of the Scorpio. Normally in the star rating process, the non-airbag variants of the car do not perform well over the safety standards.
According to the statement by M&M, “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.”