GNCAP vents at India’s zero-star cars

GNCAP vents at India’s zero-star cars

Global NCAP has slammed several manufacturers over India-only cars that score zero-stars.

Some emerging market offerings are bad enough to spur the Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) to pressure four major car companies to pull cars from sale.

Zero-star safety ratings were given to Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Hyundai Eon and Mahindra Scorpio during a series of crash tests in Delhi. It noted some had “a high probability of life-threatening injuries,”

The only model on the list sold in New Zealand is the Celerio, but ours is sourced from Thailand with significantly different specifications. The Celerio sold here has an ANCAP 4-star rating.

It isn’t unusual for companies to sell cheaply-priced, cheaply built, and poorly-featured cars in growing markets with huge demand and very little money. The Renault Kwid in this group has no front airbags, for instance.

Speaking at the Indian Automobile Safety Conference, secretary general of Global NCAP, David Ward, pulled no punches regarding the worst-possible crash test results.

“Global NCAP strongly believes that no manufacturer anywhere in the world should be developing new models that are so clearly sub-standard,” he said.

“Car makers must ensure that their new models pass the UN’s minimum crash test regulations, and support use of an airbag.

“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 air bags.

Ward said action was needed at a government level to stop people dying in zero-star cars – and that all the zeroes are cut from production .

“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.”

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