Alto, Swift, Eon, i10 and Jazz hatchbacks banned in Assam sighting safety issues

Maruti Suzuki Alto Global NCAP crash test

In what comes as a surprising update in the Indian automotive industry, the Guwahati High Court has just banned the retailing of small cars that did not pass the Global NCAP crash tests in the state of Assam. All the petitions state that these vehicles are not suitable to be driven in the mountainous regions and Global NCAP ratings should apply to the state.

The high court order banned around 140 models in total including the high selling Maruti Alto, Maruti Swift, Hyundai Eon, Hyundai i10 and the recently launched Honda Jazz. This comes across as a big blow for the affected car manufacturers in India because Assam accounts for the highest sales in the North Eastern part of the country, accounting for more than 12 percent of India’s total sales.

The auto majors are not taking this lightly and are putting up their cases separately along with SIAM (Society of Indian Manufacturers). The added slowdown in the market adds to their woes and the case’s next hearing is scheduled for 27th August 2015.

Actually, this issue needs to be tackled in a more efficient way. Basically, all these cars comply with India’s safety norms which includes the likes of a frontal impact test. Therefore, the car companies cannot be blamed for this. If other states in the country start to impose the same ban, then the whole industry will go into turmoil. Also, India will be getting a new body for testing cars launched in the country from October 2017 onwards called the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Programme (BNVSAP).

Hence, the state should reconsider the order till the BNVSAP comes into effect because the upcoming body will truly help in deciding whether these cars are suitable for plying in the state of Assam or not. Till then, let’s see how things pan out.

Source – Economictimes