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.
Transport Ministry in India has initiated New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) wherein all new samples of vehicles will have to be put through safety tests to get certification for structural strength. The Ministry is in consultation with SIAM – Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers to set standards for car crash test norms while the new facility will be able to perform EuroNCAP and USANCAP tests and will be provided with special equipment to measure and film tests conducted.
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)