auto news desk, Vehicle safety group Global NCAP on Tuesday released the safety ratings of two popular Maruti Suzuki cars ‘Alto K10’ and ‘WagonR’. Both of them have achieved 1 and 2 star safety ratings respectively for adult safety. While in the crash test, both the cars have been given 0 stars for the safety of children. In such a situation, questions are being raised about the safety of these hot selling cars of Maruti Suzuki. However, Maruti downplays these safety ratings saying that the company’s cars meet the safety norms set by the Government of India.
Let us tell you that Global NCAP gives a rating between 0 to 5 points to a vehicle based on its safety. Vehicles with 5 star rating are considered to be the safest for the people. As per the crash tests conducted by Global NCAP, the Alto K10 performed average in terms of head and chest injuries in a frontal accident to an adult. But in case of chest injury in a side collision, its protection is weak. Thus, the WagonR fared poorly in terms of head injury to the driver’s chest in an accident.
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Alejandro Furas, Secretary General, Global NCAP, said, “We are happy to receive a positive response from Indian automakers and some global automakers. Although there has been some limited improvement in this. We haven’t got this safety commitment in the most popular Maruti Suzuki model yet,” he said, noting that six airbags are a mandatory requirement for new models sold in India. is not seen.
In this regard, a Maruti Suzuki spokesperson said that safety is an important issue and hence governments around the world are making rules regarding this, as they are responsible for the safety of their citizens. The spokesperson added, “Safety has always been a top priority for Maruti as well. India’s accident safety regulations are almost at par with European standards. All our models meet these criteria and are certified by the Government of India.