Exported from India and sold in Chile, Latin NCAP crash test result of made in India Hyundai Grand i10 without airbags is now revealed. Result reveals that the car failed in structural integrity while the lack of airbags meant that passengers in the front were put to sever risks of head and body injuries.
The model which was tested, besides being devoid of airbags, also had no ESC and no child seat ISOFIX anchorages. These points caused the Hyundai Grand i10 to score zero stars in Adult Occupant Protection and just two stars in Child Occupant Protection.
This was in total contravention to the European model that received a four star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests with the presence of front and side airbags and ISOFIX child seat anchorages. The European model also received anti-skid technology and Electronic Stability Control while the body structure itself displayed more sturdiness.
Following these results, Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Latin NCAP, appealed to automakers to show greater commitment to safety standards with all cars sold in Latin America complying to ‘Pass UN’s minimum crash test standards’. Furas also urged governments in Latin America to “Mandate UN regulations in the interest of improving safety of their citizens.”
Converse to the zero rating received by Hyundai Grand i10, it was the Toyota Hilux, made in Thailand and imported into Latin America, that received a 5 star rating in Adult Occupant protection and 4 stars in Child Occupant Protection. The entire structure was robust and the presence of three standard airbags and seatbelts.