Acceptable vehicle safety is not a universal thing, apparently.
Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Program), an independent international charity and network of global crash test programs, recently conducted a series of crash tests on Indian-made cars for their market, all five of which garnered zero stars for adult occupant safety. The tests were conducted by ADAC, the German national auto club, using five different Indian cars: the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, the Hyundai Eon, the Renault Kwid, the Hyundai Eeco, and the Mahindra Scorpio SUV.
All five models failed miserably, exhibiting sub-standard passenger cell integrity (crumpling). It is worthy to note safety standards vary per region, country, and market, and what is apparent is that airbags are not mandatory in brand new Indian cars. As a result, the crash test dummies can be seen striking the dashboard and the steering wheel, given that there is no airbag to act as a supplementary cushion.
“Today's results show, unfortunately, zero star cars which is exactly what we want to eliminate in the decade of action,” said David Ward, Global NCAP Secretary General.
Of the cars tested, the Indian-made Hyundai Eon and Suzuki Celerio are offered in the Philippine market along with the Enforcer, the pick-up version of the Scorpio. The Eon can be specced with an airbag while the Celerio comes standard with two.
“We think that India will make progress once it's introduced its U.N. crash test standards which will happen from October 2017 and create a new NCAP program,” concluded Ward.