SHOCK RESULTS: Five cars scored zero in the latest round of Indian crash tests, including two SA-bound vehicles. Image: Global NCAP
Delhi, India - The latest Indian crash test results from Global NCAP released today (May 17, 2016) in Delhi continue to disappoint with five test models rated as zero star.
The Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon all showed extremely low levels of adult-occupant protection in India.
Importance of the body shell
Commenting on the latest crash test results, David Ward, secretary general of Global NCAP said: "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 airbags."
Ward continued: "It is very surprising that a manufacturer like Renault introduced the Kwid initially lacking this essential feature. Global NCAP strongly believes that no manufacturer anywhere in the world should be developing new models that are so clearly sub-standard.
"Car makers must ensure that their new models pass the UN’s minimum crash test regulations, and support use of an airbag."
See how each car fared below:
Global NCAP tested the standard version of the Kwid without airbags. It scored zero stars in adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection. The collapse of the structure in the passenger compartment and the lack of airbags explained the poor result, the organisation said.
Following safety improvements, Renault proposed that Global NCAP test an updated evolution of the Kwid in production from early April 2016. The car was tested with and without an airbag.
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The new Kwid without an airbag scored zero stars in the adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection. The structure did not collapse, however it was rated as unstable and that it could not withstand further loadings, the report read. The structure was reinforced only on the driver side.
Renault has confirmed that they will implement further improvements to the Kwid and Global NCAP will test these new evolutions in forthcoming crash tests.
Suzuki Maruti Eeco
The non-airbag Eeco scored zero stars in the adult occupant protection and one star in child occupant protection, the report read.
The collapse of the structure in the passenger compartment and the lack of airbags explained the poor result in adult occupant protection. This model does not offer optional airbags.
Considering the structural collapse, airbags are not likely to help avoid life threatening injuries to the driver.