Tata Motors' compact sedan, Zest has scored an impressive four-star rating in the Global NCAP crash test. The Global NCAP tested two variants of the Zest - the standard non-airbag and the new variant with optional airbags.
The standard variant with no airbags of the Zest scored zero stars for the adult occupant protection and one-star rating for the child occupant protection. Global NCAP offered Tata Motors the opportunity to test another version of the Zest with more safety features.
The Indian automaker introduced a structural improvement to the entire Zest range. The Global NCAP tested the new version with the optional airbags.
Tata Zest with dual airbags and two pre-tensioners showed very substantial improvements and along with seat belt reminder in the driver seat, the Zest scored an impressive 4 stars in the adult occupant protection.
The child occupant protection in the new version with the dual airbags improved the ratings and the Zest scored two stars.
Tata Motors have confirmed that the improvements made on the structural of the Zest for the crash test will be brought to the entire vehicle range. This will be on both non-airbags and airbag version.
David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP said that Tata Motors has shown how dramatically they can improve the safety of the Zest and it is encouraging to see a major Indian brand improving the safety of their models.
He further added that they strongly encourage Indian consumers to opt for the much safer four stars rated option.
He also said they are urging Tata Motors to consider making the two airbag version of the Zest to be their basic model.
Rohit Baluja, President of the Institute of Road Traffic Education said that moving the Zest from zero star rating to four star rating is significant achievement and they are happy that Tata has made changes to the structural will be adopted to all versions of the vehicle.
He added that the concept of star rating should not be limited to compliance alone, but rather to be taken as a challenge for producing safer vehicles which would have the ability to supporting the avoidance of crash and on the other side limiting the injury to vehicle occupants and that of people outside the vehicle in case of a collision.
He further said that this challenge demonstrated by Tata Motors would set yet another example in the Indian automobile industry and would ultimately lead to a consumer awakening towards choosing safer vehicles.