The Global NCAP has released the crash test results along with videos of a bunch of cars which are being manufactured and sold in India. Making this the worst news of the month, all the cars that they have tested have turned in a rating of 0 stars. The cars subjected to the crash test this year were Mahindra Scorpio, Hyundai Eon, Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Maruti Suzuki Eeco.
This is the second round of testing run by the organization after their previous attempt in 2014 dialed in pathetic results. Crash test subjects of that exercise were Volkswagen Polo, Maruti Alto 800, Maruti Swift, Tata Nano, Hyundai i10, Ford Figo, Toyota Etios, and Datsun Go. Except for the Polo and Etios, which received 4-star rating for frontal protection, the rest returned 0-star ratings.
The Global NCAP tests which were run this year, crashed three different versions of the Renault Kwid, including the one featuring airbags and none of them succeeded in saving the hatchback’s occupants or its dignity. The body shell of the collapsed in a terrifying fashion for the lower-spec version when it was rammed into the stationary barrier at 64kph. Things weren’t any better for the higher-spec variant with the airbags. Same was the case for all the cars which couldn’t withstand the impact in a manner that kept the test dummies safe. The tests revealed the low levels of adult occupant protection of the cars in the pool.
David Ward, secretary general of Global NCAP who revealed the test results at the Indian Automobile Safety Conference in Faridabad said, “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 airbags. 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.
Carmakers must ensure that their new models pass the UN’s minimum crash test regulations, and support use of an airbag. 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,” he added.