With the recent heat on the safety aspects of Indian cars, here is some good news, Suzuki Ciaz, and Ertiga scored 4 out of 5 stars in the recent NCAP crash test.
The ASEAN NCAP crash tested the Ciaz and Ertiga scored 4-star in the AOP (Adult Occupant Protection) assessment. The Ciaz scored 14.56 points out of the total 16 and Ertiga scored 12.39 points.
However, on the COP (Child Occupant Protection) both the Ciaz and Ertiga fell short of expectation and scored 2-stars; Ertiga and Ciaz met 33 percent and 37 percent compliance respectively.
Dr. Wong Shaw Voon, Chairman, ASEAN NCAP said, "In the advancement of vehicle safety, vehicles crashworthiness has been aggressively addressed by automotive industries since 1947. A lot of latest technologies had become matured and saved thousands and probably millions of lives. With the strong push by the relevant authorities and the pressure from the consumers, I strongly believe the day where there are no zero-star vehicles on our road will soon come true."
Both the cars tested had two front airbags and seatbelt reminder system for the driver side. Also, ESC (Electronic Stability Control), ISOFIX and top tether were not available in these cars which eventually resulted in the reduction of 1-star from the rating.
This could bring down some heat on the Indian cars currently facing negativity in terms of safety features. Also, this will help Indian car manufacturers on what is required for the cars to be safety rich and help Indian cars score well in future NCAP crash tests.