NEW DELHI: India, which has among the many world’s deadliest roads, on Saturday (Jan 15) proposed mandating at the least six airbags in all passenger cars manufactured from Oct 1.
The authorities needs automakers to supply two aspect airbags and two curtain airbags, to guard these seated in the rear seats, in addition to the already required two airbags for all automobiles.
The aspect airbags are to “help mitigate primarily torso injury” throughout a aspect crash, whereas the curtain airbags would “deploy in a side-impact crash or roll-over to help mitigate primarily head injury”, the ministry of highway transport stated in a notification.
The draft guidelines are designed to convey down the fatalities on Indian roads. In 2020, almost 132,000 folks died in greater than 366,000 highway accidents, based on authorities knowledge.
The extra airbags would enhance the price of automobiles in India’s price-sensitive market, the place most cars promote for much less US$10,000. The low-cost automobile market is dominated by Maruti Suzuki, majority-owned by Japan’s Suzuki Motor, and Hyundai Motor.
The authorities is inviting feedback from firms and the general public over the subsequent 30 days, after which the draft guidelines will likely be finalised.