We all are sure to drive safely and keep our families safe on the roads but when it comes to accidents, it’s always unpredictable and not always does someone commit a mistake. Very few cars have passed the crash tests and when things go beyond our hands, our lives depend upon the car we drive and the safety features it has.
A pretty well hidden fact from the well known automobile giants is that the everyday cars we use has no safety features at all and in case of an accident we have only ganapati bappa to save us.
The Indian automobile market has been growing at an exponential rate and it is among the top 5 in the automobile industry. As a result of this Global NCAP decided to conduct a crash test on India’s most commonly used cars:
- Maruti 800
- Tata Nano
- Hyundai I10
- Volkswagen Polo
- Ford Figo
After the tests, none of the cars passed except the Volkswagen polo as Volkswagen stated that they would add airbags to the basic variant and ensure safety of the passenger.
It was also unlucky for the car companies as Global NCAP had a strict rule of testing basic variants and not the high end variants and most of the Indian cars do not come with airbags or other safety features like ABS and EBD included in the basic variant.
Volkswagen said the airbags, as well as anti-lock brakes, would become standard from 1 February along with a 2.7% price increase to offset the costs.
A Ford spokesperson told: “Safety is one of the highest priorities in the design of our vehicles. Our vehicles consistently meet or exceed applicable industry safety standards.
Tata has said it is looking at the Nano’s structure for ways to improve its strength, having already added power steering and other features.
The Indian automotive customers are not that aware of the importance and necessities of safety systems before it’s too late. Let’s all hope that Indian roads get safer and people become more cautious and well aware of road and vehicle safety measures. Until then, STAY SAFE. KEEP REVVING.