Global NCAP released crash test safety ratings of made in India, sold in India cars today. These are Maruti Ertiga, Maruti WagonR, Hyundai Santro, and Datsun Redi-Go. In the earlier posts, we discussed the safety ratings of the former three cars. In this post, lets take a look at how the Datsun Redi-Go has performed in the latest crash test.
Datsun Redi-Go has scored the least safety rating of the four cars. It has only managed to score 1 star safety rating. Global NCAP says, The RediGo achieved just one star for adult occupant protection and two stars for child occupant protection.
The RediGo offers only a driver frontal airbag as standard. Its structure was rated as unstable. Its footwell area was rated as unstable. Head protection for driver was adequate due to steering wheel displacements.
Head protection for passenger was good. Driver and passenger neck protection was good. Chest protection was poor for the driver and marginal for the passenger. The poor protection of the driver chest means that there is a high probability of life threatening injuries. Poor protection for any of the critical body regions, in this case the chest, limits the star rating to one star for the adults.
The RediGo does not offer SBR in the front seats and, even if it had, the result would remain a single star. SBR points are limited as the chest is brown or red. Child occupant protection showed poor results mainly because of the contact of the head of the 18 month old with the front seat and for the exposed head of the 3 year old dummy during the impact.
The static rear 3 point belts created difficulties in the proper and safe installation of a CRS. It is surprising that this car is not offering 3 point belts with automatic retractors for all occupants.
In terms of safety, the redi Go receives new central locking button on its central console, remote locking for all four doors and driver side airbags. With added power, driving around town is easier while the compact size makes for easy overtaking especially on the highway. Power delivery is also smoother, specially at lower revs unlike that experienced on its 800cc counterpart where jerks are predominant at lower engine speeds.