01 February 2014

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Top selling 5 Indian Small Cars fail in crash test fail international standards

Top selling 5 Indian Small Cars fail in crash test fail international standards

Global NCAP is an independent charity based in the UK focused on consumer orientated vehicle safety initiatives,

According to Global NCAP

1)Maruti Alto 800

2)Tata Nano

3)Ford Figo

4)Hyundai i10

5)Volkswagen Polo

All above 5 small cars have failed crash tests showing high risk of life-threatening injuries in road accidents

These cars received an adult protection rating of zero for frontal impact at 64 km/hour, in tests by Global NCAP

According to the findings, in Maruti Alto 800, Tata Nano and Hyundai i10, the vehicle structures proved inadequate and collapsed to varying degrees, resulting in high risks of life-threatening injuries to the occupants.

The extent of the structural weaknesses in these models is such that fitting airbags would not be effective in reducing the risk of serious injury

The Nano has no three-point seatbelt on the rear seats and no way to install a child seat or transport a small child safely,

The Polo and the Ford Figo were the only two cars to maintain their structures in a 64-kph (40-mph) collision, while the other three crumpled at a slower speed of 56 kph (35 mph) in ways that would likely lead to fatality or serious injury even with air bags.

All the cars landed a zero in the test on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being the least safe.

As per Indian standards air bags and rear passenger seat belts were optional for companies to fit them in a car and none was required to be tested for its ability to withstand a collision.

Ncap also assessed the same models against the UN’s basic crash test and all the cars except the Volkswagen Polo passed that minimum standard.

The Global Plan for the UN’s Decade of Action for Road Safety recommends that all member states apply this standard, although it is not yet applied in India.

This means just for fashion a car making company can fix the air bag in the car not for the safety of consumers.

Always buy the car which follows International standard or a car which is certified by US or EU
As they got standards set for everything

A good standard is a standard which protects consumers and not the company and its products

Normally Indian standards always protect rich companies and thus Indian Standards equals to zero standard in majority cases

Reality views by sm –

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Tags – CAR Test Crash Fail


Renu February 01, 2014  

Safety iss anathema to Indians.

Destination Infinity February 01, 2014  

The issue is, the price that consumers are willing to pay is very less, especially for cars in this segment. So, companies cut as many things as possible to reduce the price. I agree that they should try and not compromise on vital things like security.

At the same time, consumer mentality should also change - they should be willing to pay more for security features and use things like seat-belts.

Destination Infinity

deeps February 03, 2014  

does that mean other cars are safe to drive?

Kirtivasan Ganesan February 03, 2014  

Rahul Bajaj made a car but car stalwarts called it a motorised rickshaw. However it would be safe in my opinion.
Hope India comes out of this acute crisis quickly.

Usha February 04, 2014  

This is very sad news that all economical cars in India have no safety on road. Seat belt and Air bags are very important and must function properly to avoid serious injuries.

One year ago our relatives met serious road accident, It was Volkswagen high end car which has 8 air bags. Five people were in car, it was totalled. Its solid car body saved all lives but one side air bag didnot inflate and passenger sitting there spent almost year in hospital, life was saved but not doing well. Properly functioning air bag would have saved lot of health damage. Car was totalled but company says airbag would work if impact is received from that side. This needs definite fix...but I guess there is no monitoring authority who keeps checks on safety standards of cars.

Thanks for sharing this news.

SM February 04, 2014  



It car is exported to USA or EU or certified by USA OR Eu then its good or otherwise i do not know

rudraprayaga February 04, 2014  

Indians see only economy not safety.