- sautik biswas
- BBC correspondent
As soon as the car collides with a vehicle or anything else, the airbags there open like a balloon and save the lives of the people in the car.
Over the past few decades, airbags installed in vehicles have saved the lives of many drivers and passengers around the world. After seat belts, airbags are considered the most important when it comes to car safety.
According to the World Bank, at least one in ten people killed in traffic accidents in the world is an Indian.
Despite this, India’s largest carmaker opposes plan to make six mandatory air cushions in cars later this year, why?
RC Bhargava, president of Maruti Suzuki, a subsidiary of Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp., told Reuters news agency that “if more airbags are installed in cars, their cost will increase. If the cost increases, the price of the car will also increase. The small car market will suffer. “
“Maruti Suzuki dominates the small car market in India. This scheme will hurt the small and poor people who cannot afford more expensive cars.”
- At least one in ten Indians killed in a car accident in the world – World Bank.
- Every year there is a loss of 3 per cent of India’s GDP due to traffic accidents.
- It is mandatory for Indian car manufacturers to install two airbags in the cars.
- Automakers say if four more airbags are installed, the price of the car will rise by at least Rs 18,384.
- In 2014, the global car safety rating agency NACP tested the Indian. In this, the cars of well-known car companies failed.
cars will increase price
It is now mandatory for Indian carmakers to install two airbags in cars. One airbag for the driver and the other for the front seat passenger.
According to one estimate, if four more air cushions are installed in the cars, the price of the car will increase by at least 18,384 rupees. This will happen in a country where only 8 per cent of households own a car and the cost of the smallest car is about 3 lakh 40 thousand.
Bhargava says, “This loss will be more for the people at the bottom of the market, where people spend money prudently.”
According to the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers, which represents 44 vehicle and engine manufacturers in the country, last year more than 3 million cars were sold in India, 13% more than the previous year.
Most people in India prefer to buy small cars, but now sales of utility, sports and multi-utility vehicles have also increased in the country.
The world’s fourth largest car market employs more than 30 million people directly and indirectly and contributes around 6% to India’s GDP.
The safety features of the car should be increased
According to the World Bank, India has about 1 per cent of the world’s vehicles, but India’s share in accident deaths is 13 per cent. In 2020, more than 1 lakh 30,000 people died in traffic accidents. Of these, 70% were in the 18-45 age group. More than half of them were pedestrians, cyclists and cyclists.
India has to suffer a loss of 3 per cent of its GDP every year due to traffic accidents.
The country now wants to halve traffic accidents by 2025.
One way to do this is to promote the safety features of cars. In addition to making six air cushions mandatory, the government plans to launch India’s NCAP (New Car Assessment Program). Bharat NCAP is a car safety rating system, which assesses car safety on a rating scale of one to five based on the performance of the car at the time of the accident.
According to Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, it will also give a boost to “the mission of making India the world’s number one car hub.”
In India, people spend money prudently in the case of cars. The cost of locally made cars ranges from 3 lakh to 40 thousand rupees and 30 lakh.
Despite this, the demand for small cars has been declining for some time. Rising commodity and car prices have raised the prices of small cars. That is why those people who wanted to buy a car after two wheels, has also been left out of their reach. Fuel prices have also risen.
Due to the prolonged economic slowdown, the incomes of most Indians have almost stopped in one place. In this situation, those with financial capacity are looking to buy sedans and utility cars instead of small cars, which is further shrinking the small car market.
Maruti Suzuki believes the small car market has shrunk by 25% in the last four years.
So are Indian cars safe?
Global NCAP, an independent car safety control body based in the UK, paints a mixed picture in one of its studios.
When the organization began testing Indian cars in 2014, five of the country’s most popular small cars (accounting for 20 percent of total sales) failed. These include cars from companies such as Tata, Ford, Volkswagen and Hyundai.
Since then, this organization has tested more than 50 cars. Tata and Mahindra’s cars were considered the safest among them. The Tata Nexon, a five-seater SUV, was the first car manufactured in India to receive a 5-star safety rating.
Alejandro Fures, Secretary General of Global NCAP “While there have been significant changes in vehicle safety design, the latest results show that much remains to be done to achieve higher safety standards, which are also demanded by consumers in India,” he says.
Furus says Indian carmakers have raised safety standards. While large global companies are less reliable in terms of security. Obviously, they ignore the safety features to keep the production of cheap cars in the Indian markets.
a head Dhruv Behl, editor-in-chief of the automotive magazine AutoX “Overall, Indian cars have become much safer over the last decade,” he says. He believes that as more cars are produced, the cost of security improvements will also go down.
Most people do not monitor the safety features of the car.
writers on automobiles journalist kushan mitra It is said that when it comes to safety, a good driver also plays as important a role as a car with the best safety features.
He says, “Indians are bad at driving. We’re not too safety conscious. My son studies at a wonderful preschool. The school car comes to take the kids to school, but only 10% of the kids they are sitting at school.a child seat (a special seat made for children in vehicles).
What he says is also correct. In vehicles, children sit in the skirts of passengers, rear passengers do not wear seat belts, drive in the wrong lane, walk on the wrong side of the road when the road is blocked.
Speeding and drunk driving have become commonplace on the new high-speed freeway. Heavy vehicles are carelessly parked in the road lane. Shared travel cabins regularly disable rear seat belts. Many roads are poorly designed. Traffic rules are not met.
Vinkesh Gulati, President of the Federation of Car Dealers He says, “When people buy vehicles, they usually ask about leather seats, sunroofs and car stereos. Most buyers aren’t interested in safe cars.”
“In general, the buyer has no expectations of car safety. They do not influence their choice due to the safety features of the car. But little by little awareness is increasing.”
One such buyer is Archana Pant Tiwari. Archana, 58, is a housewife and will soon buy an all-terrain vehicle.
He says his priority will be airbags and ABS and rear parking sensors. The anti-lock brake system (ABS) is a type of braking system used to stop the vehicle at the right time.
She says she wouldn’t mind paying more for more security features.