IAB Report – “Pointless to fit an airbag” on the Datsun Go due to weak structure

Posted on: Nov 4, 2014 - 11:02am IST

Indian NCAP to come into effect from 2016.

Global NCAP and Nissan India have each released a statement after the crash test results of the Maruti Swift and Datsun Go were made public yesterday. Maruti on its part has chosen to remain silent.

Datsun Go Global NCAP crash test
The Go is currently unavailable with an airbag or ABS.

Nissan India Operation’s president, Guillaume Sicard, says that the Go meets the required local vehicle regulations in India. It needs to be mentioned that even the top-end variant of the Go does not come with ABS or an airbag, and after going through Global NCAP’s report, it may seem a moot point to offer an airbag on the low-cost car.

According to Global NCAP Secretary General, David Ward, the Go “has body structure so weak that is pointless to fit an airbag.” Mr. Ward added that it was “disappointing” to see Nissan launch a model like the Datsun Go in 2014.

Datsun Go steering wheel from Mumbai roadshow
According to the report, even fitting an airbag in the Go will prove to be pointless.

On the sidelines, the Global NCAP welcomed the proposed Indian NCAP, which is expected to be in place by 2016. Adding caution though, the agency advised that the Indian NCAP would need to adopt the UN’s minimum crash test standards in order to truly reduce fatalities on the road. “Action like this would prevent the introduction of brand new models like the Datsun Go”, Mr. Ward said.

Nissan India added in its statement that it is “willing to adopt as well as help evolve standards in vehicular safety.”

Global NCAP’s Press Release on Datsun Go and Maruti Swift Crash Tests

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5 thoughts on “IAB Report – “Pointless to fit an airbag” on the Datsun Go due to weak structure

  1. Manish says:

    We are to blame ourselves for this, in a country like India where 90% people don’t prefer to use seat belt, the manufacturers will take our safety for granted by serving us such products. When people buy, they sell such life eating demons. Not let us see after this report which manufacturer respond positively or still keep selling such products. I will surely do efforts to wake my countrymen. I wow to kill their online marketing. Friends you should also contribute in whatever way you can.

  2. sachin tyagi says:

    Lame,weak and cowards we are that we actually need the government to enforce strict safety norms so that OUR lives can be saved.why can’t we stop buying these machines ourselves.

  3. Navin says:

    Another example of shoddy and unsafe cars being sold in India. What does it say when this includes Maruti and their best selling product the SWIFT!!! These cars are basically death traps but comes with “Bling & Chrome” and “Start Stop”….utter nonsense

    1. Dr. Nayak says:

      Only way to look at this is, “the people who buy these cars don’t care about their life or their loved once”!

      1. Rahul Dattani says:

        Can we also assume that they might not be even aware, oh thats right that’s why we need standards for the populace, oh but that would make your hole point moot. hmm..

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