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Safety Features: Now car companies will not play with safety, 6 airbags will be necessary in these cars

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Highlights

  • Govt mandates 6 airbags for 8-seater MPV cars
  • Customers have the option to choose a safe car based on star-rating
  • The price of vehicles may increase but the safety of the passenger will increase.

Safety Features:

The government has started on a mission mode to reduce the number of road accident deaths in India. Meanwhile, the government is going to take an important step, under which the government is now going to make 6 airbags mandatory for 8-seater MPV cars. With this decision, while the price of vehicles may increase, but with this step, the possibility of death in an accident can be prevented.

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that the government will make six airbags mandatory in eight-seater vehicles. Under this, automakers will provide six airbags in vehicles carrying eight passengers to make the vehicles more safe.

1.5 lakh die every year in accidents

Addressing the ‘Intel India Safety Pioneers Conference’ 2022, Gadkari said that every year around 1.5 lakh people die in five lakh road accidents in the country. “We have decided to make it mandatory to provide at least six airbags in motor vehicles. We want to save people’s lives.” He said, “We need cooperation from all sides including the auto industry for this.”

2 airbags mandatory for passenger cars

The government has already made 2 airbags mandatory for passenger cars. After the implementation of BS6 standard, it has become mandatory to install airbags for the driver seat as well as the side front seat. Apart from this, many luxury cars also provide airbags for the rear passengers, but this is not mandatory.

Crash Tests will be the yardstick for giving ‘star rating’ to vehicles

Last week, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari tweeted that the ‘Bharat New Car Assessment Program’ (Bharat NCAP) will give customers in the country the option to choose a safer car based on star-rating. It will also promote a healthy competition among Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) for manufacturing safer vehicles. “I have approved the draft GSR notification to introduce Bharat NCAP. Under this, vehicles in India will be given star rating based on their performance in crash tests. The Union Minister said that star rating of Indian cars based on ‘crash’ tests is extremely important not only to ensure structural and passenger safety in cars but also to increase exports of Indian vehicles.

To make vehicles safe

He said that Bharat NCAP will prove to be an important step in making our automobile industry self-reliant with the objective of making the country the top automobile hub of the world. The program will encourage manufacturers to voluntarily participate in a safety test evaluation program and incorporate higher safety levels into new car models. Under the proposed assessment, a star rating will be given from one to five stars. The objective of this initiative is to make transport safe in the country from accident. Gadkari had recently said that the government aims to reduce road accident deaths by 50 per cent by 2024.

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Shivam Bangwal

Shivam Bangwal is an Indian based entrepreneur who is a tech, travel and coding enthusiast with a post graduation degree on Master's of Computer Applications. He is a founder of Youthistaan, People News Chronicle, Hitchhike TV, Branding Panther and many more.
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