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Old 5th August 2021, 15:20   #46
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Default Re: MoRTH appeals to carmakers to provide 6 airbags

While it may take years for this "appeal" to become a rule/policy, I think, this is probably one step ahead in the betterment of standards of cars in India.
I also agree with the points raised by other BHP'ians that a weak body (read it as monocoque chassis or the body that rests on frames) with any number of air-bags are no good.

The Government should also look at making the crash-test-rating a must for a car to make it into the market.

Yes, it is going to demand a stronger structural stability, more number of air bags, etc - resulting in higher costs. But at the same time, I am sorry! I would knowingly not want some unsafe car to be affordable for me.
After all, they say "Aim Higher". Let us stand together to make the cars as safe as they are in international markets.
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Old 5th August 2021, 15:54   #47
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So in short, people who canít afford cars above 15 Lakh have no right to safety? Come on man, the VW Polo Trendline or the Tata Tiago XE are cheaper than the Swift Lxi, why arenít VW or Tata compromising on build quality?
VW Polo starts at 7.5L in Bangalore where as Alto costs 3.7L. If you can afford a safer car, please choose the safer one. There's no rule to buy only MS cars. There are manufacturers who make safety their USP and deservedly getting good numbers yoy.

When you are trying to enforce a rule, you should look at the entire market. You just can't say Alto owners to buy Polo because it is safe car.
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Old 5th August 2021, 16:07   #48
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Without a doubt 6 airbags is certainly a step towards the right direction. However, proper adjustable head restraints for the rear occupants should be made mandatory as well along with it. Most of the car makers offers proper rear head restraints in their top trims and there are some who gets their job done with neck rests kind of thing even in their top trims which is simply hilarious. A proper adjustable rear head restraint is worth in gold when things gets really out of the hand by minimising the fatal neck injuries caused by the whiplash effect.
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Manufacturers will price their cars lower if there's is a tax which actually makes sense ! Almost 50% of any car's on road price amounts to the taxes you pay to the looters in the government. If taxes are reduced that will bring down prices of components, manufacturing and many more. That would also mean substantial increase in car demand as more people can afford the car. Right now, one has to pay road tax, registration tax, insurance and the manufacturer pays GST (which btw is eventually paid by the customer only). And on top of that, you also pay road tax on the fuel ! With this weird price sensitive car market, no manufacturer other than those backed by China will dare enter Indian market. Heck even Ford is on fence about it's India operations.
Kudos to Tata and Mahindra for giving well built safe cars for the prices at par with the other manufacturers. And shame on government for being far away from the reality.
If this government wants it can allocate 0.5/1% of vehicle tax collected as subsidy to adding better safety features. It will result in zero cost increase to the customer. Will they ever do this? The entire gameplan hinges on tax petrol, tax diesel, tax vehicles, tax on tolls, cess on tax, tax on tax. The end result of all these to the common man? A big zero.
Besides any sort of foolish mandate forcing safety on people will never work. To enforce any scheme the government needs to monetise it. Simply asking people to pay more for everything without an iota of benefits is lame.
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Old 5th August 2021, 22:43   #50
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Mr. Nitin Gadkari has urged the automobile manufacturers to increase the number of airbags to 6 as a standard fitment during his meeting with SIAM representatives. Understandably the cost will escalate but nevertheless it'll increase the safety level.
If govt really wanted to do it, they could have give some kind of rebate for 6 air bag variants to make it viable for manufacturers or make it mandatory so that all players are on a level playing field.

I really think this is just ďsocial mediaĒ publicity stunt.
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So in short, people who canít afford cars above 15 Lakh have no right to safety? Come on man, the VW Polo Trendline or the Tata Tiago XE are cheaper than the Swift Lxi, why arenít VW or Tata compromising on build quality?
Sorry to say but comments like these are what make Maruti Suzuki take the Indian masses for granted.
Every consumer need to be fully aware of car's build quality before making their choice of purchase. Yes additional airbag will save persons life. What will happen to the car if build quality is poor and thin sheet metal is used for outer panels. Looking at these images, the car owners must have spend big sum for repair. A solid build car would have survived.
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To implement this, the entire car industry in India has to go through a revolution with 50% of the existing models going out of sales. Because having 6 airbags need to have structural changes which involves R&D. Plus the mentality of we Indians where we give priority to low cost rather than safety. This change is welcome but implementation will definitely take time, change in the minds of people
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The Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, has urged carmakers in the country to standardise 6 airbags.

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As the whole purpose of 6 airbags is safety, why not make 5 star safety rating as mandatory?
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