All the cars crash tested by Global NCAP scored zero stars in spite of manufacturers providing features which are safety driven. Read about the cars and models which failed the crash test by Global NCAP.
The Global NCAP tested five of the prominent cars which are best-selling models in India - Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon. All these cars scored zero stars in terms of safety for both the driver and passengers.
They found low levels of adult occupant protection on all of the models tested. The Renault Kwid was tested in three models, including the top variant which comes with driver airbags, all three scored zero stars.
The automotive safety watchdog stated that all the cars were tested in the speed of 64kmh, the body shell of the cars collapsed and risking all occupants in the car.
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. 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."
"Carmakers must ensure that their new models pass the UN's minimum crash test regulations, and support use of an airbag," he added. "The results highlight the importance of the Indian Government's decision to mandate front and side impact crash tests from October 2017. 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."
Renault Kwid, a hot selling car in India right now too did not pass the crash test, the global watchdog tested four variants, including the model without driver airbags, it scored a zero and two-star rating for child protection. Renault wanted the Global NCAP to test a newer car which was produced post-April 2016, this too scored zero stars, even though the impact was not too much compared to the previous models.
Ward added, "We welcome Renault's efforts to correct this and we look forward to testing another improved version with airbags. Renault has a strong record of achievement in safety in Europe and it should offer the same commitment to its customers in India."
Renault Kwid (I) - NO Airbags
Renault Kwid (III) - NO Airbags
Renault Kwid (III) - Driver Airbag
Mahindra Scorpio - NO Airbags
Suzuki Maruti Eeco - NO Airbags
Suzuki Maruti Celerio - NO Airbags
Hyundai Eon - NO Airbags