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Shocking scores: Five cars rated zero in global safety tests

2016-05-18 11:57

SHOCK RESULTS: Five cars scored zero in the latest round of Indian crash tests, including two SA-bound vehicles. Image: Global NCAP

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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:

Renault Kwid

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.

Full report:

Mahindra Scorpio

The Mahindra Scorpio scored zero stars in the adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection, the Global NCAP said.

The collapse of the structure combined with the lack of airbags explains the score for the adult occupants protection, which means that there is high probability of life threatening injuries for at least one of the adult passengers, it said.

Full report:

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.

Full report:

Hyundai Eon

The Hyundai Eon is offered in the standard version without airbags. It scored zero stars in the adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection, the report said.

The unstable structure in the passenger compartment and the lack of airbags explained the poor result in adult occupant protection.

Full report:

Suzuki Maruti Celerio

The non-airbag Maruti Suzuki Celerio scored zero stars in adult occupant protection and one star in child occupant protection. The lack of airbags explained the poor result in adult occupant protection, the Global NCAP report said.

The low score in child occupant protection is explained by the high values recorded in the 3-year-old child dummy, as well as its forward excursion beyond the accepted limits.

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