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6 airbags to be mandatory for vehicles with up to 8 seats

The new rule will help minimise the impact of frontal and lateral collisions on both front and rear seat occupants.

Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways, has approved a draft notification that mandates carmakers to offer a minimum of 6 airbags in vehicles that can seat up to 8 passengers (M1 category).

According to the minister, the new rule will enhance the safety of the occupants. It would further help minimise the impact of frontal and lateral collisions on both front and rear seat occupants.

The Government of India has already mandated the fitment of the driver and passenger-side airbags in vehicles. From January 1, 2022, all vehicles are required to have dual front airbags. As per the latest draft regulation, carmakers will have to provide side airbags and curtain airbags as well.

 
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