Government is compressing the timeframe for every new car to comply with the proposed minimum crash test norms to be introduced for the first time in India. All new models have to pass minimum frontal and side crash tests besides pedestrian protection test by October 2017.
Government would also vigorously implement a new standard of behaviour for vehicle steering during a frontal crash to reduce fatality and improve occupant safety. This norm will also be mandatory for all new models from October 2017.
While there will be two years’ grace period for all existing models to pass the frontal crash test and to be fitted with steering that have minimum impact in case of an accident, in case of all other tests the deadline would be October 2018.
While the frontal crash tests will be at 56 kmph, the norms set for side crash tests will be 50 kmph. Both the standards will meet the international test norms that make the vehicles safer for occupants. Moreover, the fronts and other portions of the new cars sold after the respective cut off dates have to be designed in a manner that pedestrians don’t receive major injury when they are hit by these vehicles.
the cars need to have airbags and other necessary safety features such as child restraints in order to pass the crash tests. So, indirectly all new cars including the highest selling economic models would get such features.
However, it’s up to the car manufacturers to comply with the norms on their own before these tests become mandatory. Ministry sources said that a couple of major car makers have already started working on this to beat the deadline.
Meanwhile, facilities for carrying out such tests by placing dummies in front and rear seats would be ready by the end of 2015. At present, crash tests are conducted outside.
Source : TOI