Ford Figo two-star rating for child protection: Global NCAP
In the 64km/h NCAP test, Ford Figo achieved a zero-star rating for adult occupant protection. One big respite is the vehicle structure was rated as stable. However, without safety equipment such as airbags, too much of the crash energy was absorbed directly by occupants.
Using the child seats recommended by Ford, the car achieved a two-star rating for its child protection. Since the only safe way for young children to travel is being properly restrained in a child seat, the NCAP assessment checks how compatible a car is with the child seats recommended by the manufacturer.
The Figo was able to meet the UN’s minimum safety requirements in the 56km/h crash test as the driver’s head narrowly avoided direct contact with the steering wheel. This again is a big plus when compared to the results of Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Tata Nano, and Hyundai i10, all of which failed the Global NCAP UN basic safety test.
Max Mosley, Chairman of Global NCAP, said: “India is now a major global market and production centre for small cars, so 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.”