Maruti Swift & Datsun Go fail in Global NCAP Safety Test
The popular Maruti Suzuki Swift and the Datsun Go have failed the latest round of Indian crash tests carried out by Global NCAP. The Go is an entry-level model, which competes with Maruti Suzuki’s Alto800 and Hyundai Eon, while the Swift is positioned as a more premium hatchback.
Maruti Suzuki India’s popular hatchback Swift and Nissan’s Datsun GO have failed crash tests conducted by Global NCAP, showing “high risk of life-threatening injuries” but the companies say they conform to all the regulations currently applicable in India.According to the Global NCAP, an umbrella body of consumer car safety testing bodies, crash tests of Nissan’s Datsun GO and Maruti-Suzuki’s Swift demonstrated “a high risk of life-threatening injuries with both cars receiving zero-star safety rating for their adult occupant protection”.”These risks would be significantly reduced if the cars had to comply with the UN test regulation for frontal and side impact,” Global NCAP said in a statement.
Reacting to the development, MSI said: “The cars manufactured and sold by Maruti Suzuki in India fully conform to all the regulations that are presently applicable in India.”
On similar lines, cars manufactured by Maruti Suzuki in India for export to international markets fully conform to all the regulations of the respective importing country, it added.Swift is one of the top-selling cars in India.Nissan India Operations President Guillaume Sicard said: “Datsun GO meets the required local vehicle regulations in India…Safety is important and is a key issue in India.Automotive regulation standards in fast-growing countries are constantly evolving and as a global manufacturer, we are willing to adopt as well as help evolve standards in vehicular safety standards.”As per its test, Global NCAP said Maruti Suzuki Swift “scored zero stars for adult occupant protection and just one star for child occupant protection”.”The Swift’s vehicle structure showed signs of collapsing in the crash and was rated as unstable. The car’s lack of standard-fit airbags meant that the driver’s head makes direct contact with the steering wheel ? the dummy readings indicate a high probability of life threatening injuries,” it said, adding the test was conducted at a speed of 64 km/h.The Datsun GO also scored zero stars for adult occupant protection and just two stars for child occupant protection.”The Datsun GO’s vehicle structure collapsed in the crash and was rated as unstable. The car’s lack of airbags meant that the driver’s head makes direct contact with the steering wheel and dashboard ? the dummy readings indicate a high probability of life-threatening injuries,” it said.The failure of the body shell makes it redundant to fit an airbag, it said.
However, unlike the GO, in Swift fitting with airbags would improve occupant protection, Global NCAP said.Global NCAP chairman Max Mosley said: “India has the potential to be a world leader in the automobile industry but Indian consumers are not aware of how unsafe they would be in case of a crash.”
Maruti Suzuki’s premium selling model Swift and Nissan’s Datsun Go have failed miserably in the crash tests done by Global NCAP, a company which deals with car and road safety tests.According to tests done by Global NCAP, an independent charity based in the U.K. focused on consumer-orientated vehicle safety initiatives, these cars received zero for adult protection ratings in a frontal impact at 64 km/hour.
Two variants of Swift were tested – one exported by Maruti to Latin America, and another which sells as the base variant here in India. Crash test reports indicate that the structural integrity of the vehicle is also unstable.
The Europe made Swift reportedly gets sturdier structure and other safety features that has earned itself a 5 – Star crash certification from Euro-NCAP.
However, there is no need to panic as these cars are declared unsafe only if you are caught in a head-on collision with another vehicle.
Some of the most popular small cars sold in India, including Maruti Alto 800, Tata Nano, Ford Figo, Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen Polo, have failed crash tests conducted in January this year, showing high risk of life-threatening injuries in road accidents, according to Global NCAP.
Global NCAP’s testing protocol mandates that all cars (including the base variant or cheapest model) must carry at least airbags and ABS to get its certification; so on that count alone, the Indian Swift model, which sells for from Rs. 4.5 to 7 lakh, failed the test even before the test began.
The Datsun also do not have airbags and ABS. The car’s body shell disintegrated severely during the same kind of test. The driver and passenger dummies sustained fatal injuries to the head, torso and legs.