The Centre will make it necessary for carmakers to supply a minimal of six airbags in motor autos that may carry as much as 8 passengers for enhanced security of occupants, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari mentioned on Friday. In a collection of tweets, the Road Transport and Highways Minister mentioned his ministry had already mandated the implementation of fitment of the motive force airbag with impact from July 1, 2019 and entrance co-passenger airbag with impact from January 1, 2022. 

“In order to enhance the safety of the occupants in motor vehicles carrying upto 8 passengers, I have now approved a Draft GSR Notification to make a minimum of 6 Airbags compulsory,” Gadkari mentioned. GSR right here stands for General Statutory Rules.

He additional mentioned that to minimise the impression of frontal and lateral collisions on the occupants seated in each entrance and rear compartments, it has been determined that 4 further airbags be mandated within the M1 automobile class. ” …i.e two side/side torso airbags and two side curtain/tube airbags covering all outboard passengers. This is a crucial step to make motor vehicles in India safer than ever,” he mentioned.

According to Gadkari, this may finally guarantee the security of passengers throughout all segments, no matter the fee/variant of the automobile According to the most recent authorities information, complete 1,16,496 highway accidents occurred on nationwide highways (NHs), together with expressways, in 2020, inflicting 47,984 deaths.

Last yr, Gadkari in an interview to PTI had mentioned small automobiles, principally bought by decrease middle-class folks, also needs to have an sufficient variety of airbags and had questioned why automakers are offering eight airbags solely in huge automobiles purchased by wealthy folks.

His remarks had come towards the backdrop of the auto trade elevating considerations that prime taxation and stricter security and emission norms for autos have made their merchandise costly. Mostly, decrease middle-class folks purchase small economic system automobiles and “if their car won’t have airbags and when accidents happen, then it may result in deaths. So, I appeal to all car manufacturers to provide a minimum of six airbags across all variants and segments of the vehicle,” he had mentioned.

The minister had acknowledged that further airbags in small automobiles will improve their price by at the very least Rs 3,000-4,000.


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