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More Indian cars score zero in Global NCAP crash tests

Global NCAP has released the crash test results of some more Indian cars. The organisation tested five models including the Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon. All cars scored zero stars in adult occupant protection.

The Renault Kwid was tested in three variants. The first one was the standard version without airbags. It scored two stars in child occupant protection. The collapsing of the structure on the passenger side resulted in the poor score.

The second Kwid variant was the updated version, which went into production from January 2016. The car did not have airbags. Renault had added structural reinforcements on the driver side and not on the passenger side. The car scored two stars in child occupant protection.

The third Kwid variant was equipped with a driver-side airbag. This car also scored two stars in child occupant protection. The car had the same reinforcements as the latest Kwid, but the chest protection for the driver was poor and there was not much protection for the passenger.

The latest version of the Kwid, which was put into production on May 9, 2016 has not been tested by Global NCAP.

The Mahindra Scorpio scored two stars in child occupant protection. The lack of airbags, collapsing structure and life threatening injuries to at least one passenger resulted in the poor ratings.

The Maruti Suzuki Eeco does not get optional airbags. The car's structure suffered a collapse and hence, airbags could not have made much of a difference. The car scored two stars in child occupant protection.

The Maruti Suzuki Celerio scored one star in child occupant protection. The child seat was not able to prevent the excessive forward movement during the impact. The car was not equipped with airbags, which is why it scored low.

The Hyundai Eon does not come with airbags in the standard variant. The absence of airbags led to serious impacts on the chest and head of the driver. The car scored two stars in child occupant protection.

The bodyshells of all these cars were rated as unstable and incapable of withstanding any further loading.

 
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