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Government to implement stringent crash safety without making airbags mandatory

Govt will not make airbag mandatory

Automakers invariably have to offer standard airbags in order to meet the upcoming safety standards.

Speaking to the Parliament, Anant Geete, Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, stated that the government has no proposal to make airbags mandatory in the future but has specified stringent occupant safety norms in case of frontal collisions from October 2017.

Like the governments of developed nations, India will not make a particular safety technology mandatory but will specify the occupant safety levels. It’s up to the automakers to figure out a way to comply with the set standards. It’s to be noted that making airbags standard across all variants is the straight forward way for automakers to comply with the upcoming emission norms. In other words, it will be almost impossible for automakers to meet the standards without offering airbags.

Fiat Punto Evo airbags

Though government won’t make airbags compulsory, it would be almost impossible for OEMs to comply with the prescribed safety standards without offering them as standard fitments.

Norms for the protection of occupants in the event of lateral and offset frontal collisions, in addition to requirements for behavior of steering mechanism under head-on collision will be applicable for new models from October 1, 2017 and for all the existing models from October 1, 2019.

2016 Toyota Etios Liva Crash Test

The government’s safety regulations are set to become progressively stringent starting from October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2020.

The government has also specified safety standards for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. This standard will come into place from October 1, 2018 for new models and from October 1, 2020 for all models. The government has also prescribed over 60 mandatory safety tests for vehicles before they receive the road worthy certificate.

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Nithyanandh Karuppaswamy

Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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  • Vikas Jain

    Some good news, thank god the government is serious about safety.