The vehicle structure was rated as unstable, and increases risk of life-threatening injuries. Using the child seats recommended by Hyundai, the i10 achieved a one-star rating for child protection. The three year-old dummy indicated a high risk of serious injury.
With the only safe way for young children to travel is being properly restrained in a child seat, the NCAP assessment checks how compatible a car is with the child seats recommended by the manufacturer. Protection provided in a crash is evaluated. The i10 was not able to meet the UN’s minimum safety requirements in the 56km/h crash test.
Rohit Baluja, President of India’s Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) said: “These results show that India would benefit enormously from the introduction of minimum crash safety standards and clearer information for consumers about the protection new cars offer. Many cars made in India for export meet these standards already, so it’s not a question of know-how or capability: India’s automobile industry just needs the right incentives. With the UN’s minimum safety standards and clear information for consumers, India can produce cars that are every bit as good as those in Europe and the US.”