Over the three years, Global NCAP has tested 14 models and only two vehicles with airbags — Vokswagen Polo and Toyota Etios — have so far received four star rating for adult safety. Other models tested earlier included Maruti Swift, Datsun Go, Ford Figo, Tata Nano, Hyundai i10 and Maruti Alto.
The first edition of the te-sts drove the government to finally make crash-testing ma-ndatory from next October although the bar has been set at 56 kmph instead of Global NCAP’s 64 kmph. India has settled for the speed which is the norm set by the UN.
A road transport and highways ministry official said he has raised the issue that there is no point to conduct a crash test of a vehicle that doesn’t have an airbag since it is bound to fail.
Responding to why the tests were conducted at 64kmph while the UN’s regulatory norm is 56 kmph, Ward said nine NCAPs across Europe, Latin America and ASEAN followed the same norm.
The car firms concerned, however, refused to read much into the tests. While Maruti said its products are safe when looked at from the perspective of present-day norms, Hyundai said its cars meet norms set by Indian regulators. Renault India said it is geared up to meet any stricter standards, and Mahindra & Mahindra said its Scorpio failed the test as the non-airbag variant was tested.