Drivers choosing popular small cars built in India are less safe than they should be according to a study by UK based safety watchdog Global NCAP. The tests concluded that if the five cars tested that failed their crash tests were involved in an accident that the occupants inside were in risk of serious injuries or a fatal injury.
The car safety test by Global NCAP involved five popular models including the Suzuki-Maruti Alto 800, the Tata Nano, Ford Figo, Hyundai i10 and the Volkswagen Polo. The Tata Nano is the world’s cheapest car. The five models account for 20% of all sales in India last year.
The cars were apparently made cheaper for manufacturing by removing many of the safety features that would be found in other car models by the same manufacturers. None of the five models were fitted in manufacturing with airbags that would be standard on most models in Europe, Canada and America.
Max Mosley, head of NCAP Global, said, “It’s worrying to see levels of safety that are 20 years behind the five-star standards now common in Europe and North America.
“Poor structural integrity and the absence of airbags are putting the lives of Indian consumers at risk. They have a right to know how safe their vehicles are and to expect the same basic levels of safety as standard as customers in other part of the world.”
Young drivers are the most likely to be involved in a car accident within the first year of their driving solo. It is this reason that they should be behind the wheel of the safest car possible. Parents are encouraged by safety experts to look for cars that have safety features when choosing one for their young driver.