Passenger Airbags to be mandatory for all cars in India?
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Passenger Airbags to be mandatory for all cars in India?

An alpha committee of automobile safety standards has asked the government to make Passenger Airbags mandatory for all cars in India.


India has always been the country where the major selling point of the cars was described by its pricing and the mileage it provides. This monotony is still in action with the poof of it as the top-selling car remains the cheapest and best mileage giving cars. It is not like these specs are not important but safety takes the last seat when assessing the car to buy. Due to this reason many carmakers earlier didn’t even provide a single airbag at that time. After 1st July 2019 Indian govt passed a law to make the driver seat airbag mandatory. Even though the safety is improved in the upcoming cars but still the standard remains fairly low when compared to other countries. This has resulted in Indian cars performing poorly at the NCAP safety tests some cars even scoring 0s and 1s.


Seeing these reasons, the alpha committee on vehicle safety and standards have submitted a request to the Indian government to make the passenger airbag mandatory for all car in India. Road accidents take more lives in our county than the total number of lives lost by the COVID19 Pandemic. The safety of the driver is somewhat ensured because of the law passed by the government earlier. But there have been many accident cases where the driver gets away with minimal injures but cannot say the same for the side passenger. Keeping this in mind the authorities have asked for the same.


Some of the best and safest cars in each category are: Mahindra XUV300 got a 5/5 NCAP rating in the sub-4-meter SUV segment, Tata Altroz got a 5/5 NCAP rating in the hatchback segment, Tata Nexon got 5/5 NCAP rating in the compact segment, Mahindra Marazzo got 4/5 rating in MUV segment and Tata Tiago got 4/5 in the Sedan segment. These are the safest cars that you can get in each segment.

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