Indian Govt to conduct crash tests for all new cars from Chennai facility
Indian Government has given the go ahead for crash tests to be conducted for all cars launched in India. The project has a lead time of 18 months and all tests will be conducted at National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project currently under construction in Chennai.
Once completed, the upcoming Centre of Excellence for Passive Safety at GARC-Chennai will be able to conduct frontal car to car crash tests, full vehicle crash tests and angular car crash tests, while they will also be able to estimate loads on impact block with load cell wall. As on date, cars sold in India are only put through front and rear crash tests. Two more crash test facilities are also being set up at iCAT and ARAI.
The Government of India is also seeking to create a recall policy which will include testing of vehicles for manufacturing defects. Once defects are detected, the vehicle will be recalled and defecting components replaced, all of which will go a long way in augmenting vehicle safety standards in the country. (source)