Report – Frontal crash test to be mandatory from October 2015 in India

Posted on: Nov 5, 2014 - 1:55pm IST

Facilities to be setup by March 2015.

From October next year, all new cars sold in India must pass a frontal crash test, reports the Economic Times. The cars would be crash tested at 56 km/h, which is a bit slower than the Global NCAP’s test carried out at 64 km/h. However this comes as an improvement over the current (voluntary) 48 km/h used by manufacturers in India.

Maruti Swift Global NCAP crash test
Popular India-made cars like the Maruti Swift performed woefully when tested without airbags.

The publication quotes road transport secretary, Vijay Chhibber, who said that crash test facilities will be setup by March next year, and post that manufacturers will have six months to comply cars with the test.

It is to be noted that the frontal crash test will not earn the cars any star ratings; this test would be more of a regulation.

Apart from this measure, the government has planned to setup the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Program (BNVSAP), whose regulations (such as type of crash test and speed) are still to be determined. Cars undergoing the BNVSAP will get a star rating for their performance, similar to the ARAI fuel efficiency label.

VW Vento crash test Asean NCAP
Once the facilities are setup, manufacturers will have 6 month to comply.

Also read: India to make ABS compulsory in commercial vehicles

The move to setup a frontal crash test comes following Global NCAP testing the Maruti Swift and Datsun Go, and awarding them 0/5 stars for safety (the Swift with dual airbags scored just a satisfactory 3/5). The Go’s structure particularly was found to be weak and unstable during a crash, prompting experts to say that it would be pointless to fit an airbag on the car.

[Source – Economic Times]

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5 thoughts on “Report – Frontal crash test to be mandatory from October 2015 in India

  1. Mohan Mathew says:

    This is a welcome move by the Govt. of India. It is high time safety was given it’s due; just ask the families of the tens of thousands of Indians who loose their loved ones as a result of poor automobile design. However I recommend that BNVSAP is a designed to be more stringent than the GlobalNCAP. The argument that people would not afford cars with safety features is weak as is evident by the exponential expansion of the Indian automobile market; besides the life of each Indian must be made priceless.

  2. Dr. Nayak says:

    The design of an automobile plays an important role in the crash test. You don’t even have to build a single prototype before you conduct a crash test. Suzuki is third class Japnese company and do not have the expertise in any any kind of computer simulation and digital crash test. These guys make poor quality cars even by third world standards. That is one of the prime reason they filed for bankrupsy and got out of the US market. It is time they hired Indian companies like TCS to do their digital simulation rather than depend on their in house expertise which is horrendous compared to the tech companies.

  3. Sarvanan says:

    If this is the case then Maruti has to shut down its factory or else they need to improve the quality of their cars.

  4. Naveen says:

    Too late but not forgotten 🙂

  5. Dr. Nayak says:

    BNVSAP test must be conducted on every imported automobiles irrespective of their price (no substitute test) in India just like all the regulations that Indian companies must go through if they have to export their product. It is time to give them their own taste of bitter medicine. For people unfamiliar with regulations from a country like Japan try to export a Maruti/Suzuki or Honda from India, and you will quickly realize that it is an impossible task!


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