This is what a zero-star crash test looks like

Global NCAP tests seven Indian-market models

It’s easy to assume that all cars sold by major automakers in the year 2016 would perform reasonably well in crash tests, but there are still plenty of regional markets filled with vehicles that are made to be barely good enough. Global NCAP demonstrated this a few days ago by releasing crash test data and video of a number of Indian-market cars produced by Hyundai, Suzuki, Renault and Mahindra.

“The latest SaferCarsforIndia results show how important it is for cars to have a body shell that can remain stable in a crash,” said David Ward, secretary general of Global NCAP. “This is an absolutely crucial pre-requisite for occupant safety together with fitment at least of front air bags. It is very surprising that a manufacturer like Renault introduced the Kwid initially lacking this essential feature. Global NCAP strongly believes that no manufacturer anywhere in the world should be developing new models that are so clearly sub-standard. Car makers must ensure that their new models pass the UN’s minimum crash test regulations, and support use of an airbag.”

GlobalNCAP Indian cars test result
Out of the seven models tested only one had an airbag, but that didn’t make a big difference in the end.
PHOTO BY GLOBALNCAP
Seven out of seven models tested scored zero out of five stars, exhibiting poor levels of passenger protection even when equipped with an airbag. Global NCAP tested several versions of the Renault Kwid, Hyundai Eon, Suzuki’s Eeco and Celerio as well as the Mahindra Scorpio SUV.

All fared poorly; the Renault Kwid compact crossover with and without airbags performing about the same despite strengthening of the passenger’s foot well.

“The new Kwid with the addition of driver airbag was also tested,” Global NCAP said in a statement. “This version also scored zero stars in the adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection. The structure was the same as the new KWID without airbags but a high compression in the dummy chest area explains the low score.”

Mahindra Scorpio crash test by GlobalNCAP
CAR NEWS Video Mahindra Scorpio no airbags
Of the seven cars tested, only one version of the Kwid was fitted with an airbag, though not all trim levels of the Kwid offer it. Clearly, Renault still has some work to do, especially when it comes to improving the response of the body shell.

“We welcome Renault’s efforts to correct this and we look forward to testing another improved version with airbags,” Ward added. “Global NCAP strongly believes that no manufacturer anywhere in the world should be developing new models that are so clearly sub-standard.”

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