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Crash tests for cars to become mandatory from October 2017

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If we go back a few years, safety was never really considered as a major cause for concern in car companies retailing vehicles in our country. Many vehicles didn’t get basic safety features such as ABS and airbags regardless of the fact that they cost Rs. 2 lakhs or Rs. 6 lakhs (ex-showroom). However, this fortunately has changed for the better as customers are now weary of purchasing unsafe automobiles.

It looks like this domain will soon be moving forward as the government is looking to introduce various safety norms through which many vehicles retailing in the country will have to undergo compulsory crash tests come October 2017. This comes across as a welcome move by the government, given that India spec models have come under scrutiny by international crash testing bodies including the Euro NCAP. Once this commences, vehicles retailing in the country will surely become much safer than they currently are. According to the Secretary of the Ministry of Heavy Industries, under the new stringent crash tests, current models retailing in India will have to undergo the same from October 2018 onwards.

The crash tests will include all cars, regardless of the segment. They will be crash tested at a speed of 56 km/hr for the front section and at a speed of 50 km/hr for the side. Testing will be conducted at the newly developed crash testing facility at ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) in Chakan, Pune.

This will thereby become the first time that vehicles in the country will be crash tested under one roof instead of various other places. So, this finally confirms that our country will soon be getting safer vehicles on our roads, which will surely help in reducing the number of lives lost due to road accidents every year.