Global NCAP delivers low blow to Maruti Suzuki’s WagonR and Alto K10 – Score 1 and 2 in 2023 crash tests
Maruti Suzuki WagonR and Alto K10’s car safety performance for both adult and child occupants is not upto the mark as per test parameters. Essential safety features such as side airbags, standard ISOFIX, and top tether anchorages. Base variants tested lack side airbags. MSIL’s total disregard of NCAP’s purposeful testing of Indian cars meant the manufacturer did not even bother recommending Child Restraints (CRS) to GNCAP. That in turn ensured a big fat 0 in its dynamic score.
The safety rating of the Maruti Suzuki ALTO K10 is severely lacking, and it is concerning that a car with such subpar safety features is still being sold in the market. The car’s adult occupant protection, particularly in case of a frontal impact, is mediocre at best, with marginal protection for the chest and knees of both the driver and passenger, and inadequate protection for the tibias of the driver.
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The footwell area is unstable, which poses a significant risk of foot crushing during an accident. Additionally, the car’s side impact protection is also subpar, with weak chest protection and inadequate abdomen protection, while the lack of side airbags further exacerbates the issue.
Even more alarming is the lack of essential safety features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), which can help prevent the car from skidding off the road in case of an emergency. Similarly, the Seat Belt Reminder (SBR) is only available for the front occupants, which is a shame since it is crucial to ensure that all passengers in the car are properly buckled up to avoid severe injuries in case of an accident.
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Moreover, the car’s child occupant protection is severely lacking, with inadequate restraint systems and a complete lack of standard ISOFIX and top tether anchorages. This makes it difficult to ensure that child seats are installed correctly, increasing the risk of serious injuries in the event of a crash. The manufacturer’s decision to decline recommending Child Restraints (CRS) is it being adamant during GNCAP tests.
Maruti Suzuki fails crash test: WagonR and Alto K10 disappoint in safety ratings
The Maruti Suzuki WagonR car has been tested for its safety performance in case of a frontal and side impact on adult and child occupants. The results of the tests have shown that the car’s protection for adult occupants in case of a frontal impact is not up to the mark as the driver’s chest showed weak protection and the body shell was rated unstable.
The knee and footwell protection for both the driver and passenger were also not adequate, which could lead to injuries in case of a crash. Moreover, the car does not offer side airbags, which makes it even more risky in case of a side impact.
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When it comes to child occupant protection, the car did not perform well either. The child seat for the 3-year-old was not able to prevent excessive forward movement during the impact, exposing the head to high risk of injuries. The CRS for the 18-month-old also showed weak protection to the chest and high risk for the head when installed using the adult seatbelt RWF.
Additionally, the vehicle does not offer standard ISOFIX and top tether anchorages, and the passenger airbag cannot be disconnected when a CRS is installed in the front passenger position.