Are You Buying A Safe Car?

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With around 4 lakh accidental deaths recorded in 2012 and more than 5 lakh accidents recorded in 2013, India is having the largest number of people losing their lives in road accidents, sounds disturbing? It is. Everyone drives or gets driven for more than a few reasons on the roads, who knows when some unrestrained vehicle would come and ram into you or yours. Going by these figures, it calls for an importance being paid towards the road safety too. What to do then? Let’s think of the ways to address the issue:

1) Transform the roads: Tough, time taking and money consuming. Results are not instant.
2) Revolutionize the driving style of everyone and broaden edification: Tough, time taking and money consuming. Results are not instant.
3) Buy a safer car: Relatively easier, quicker and can have potential instant results.

The third one seems to be the easiest as well as the safest gamble of all; buy a safer car for yourself and add a bit of assurance that at least you or your loved ones will come out safe and sound in the event of an accident – definitely we will never want you to face such a situation. Putting aside all the claims, we bring you the truth of the safety, our cars can offer after a couple of them underwent the Global NCAP tests. No claims, no guesses – only The Naked Truth.

The NCAP or New Car Assessment Programme, is an autonomous organization that conducts the crash tests on vehicles, for that reason judge them for the safety and stability they can provide to their occupants in the episode of an accident. A couple of Indian bestsellers also went under the knife and the results we got were really shocking to some extent. Let’s have a look at the Indian bestsellers which underwent the Global NCAP tests, the test details and the results were obtained, which we are discussing hereby.

Test Type: FRONTAL IMPACT TEST
Vehicle Speed: 64 km/h

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Tata Nano (No Airbags)

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The low cost car came out to be equally low on the safety front too. With the results declaring “The protection offered to the driver head, neck, chest was poor due to the hard contact with the steering wheel as well as for the high decelerations, and for this reason the star capping was applied. Also Passenger’s chest protection was marginal. Both front passengers’ knees could impact with dangerous structures, in the dashboard lie the Tran fascia tube, also the shock absorber mounts offer potential risk. The bodyshell was rated as unstable and it can not withstand further loadings.”

The car failed miserably in the test and even more disturbing was the fact that even the body shell integrity was found unstable.

Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 (No Airbags)

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The bestseller in India proved to be gloomily unsafe when it went under the knife. The results obtained from the test report declared that “The protection offered to the driver’s head was poor due to the hard contact with the steering wheel and for this reason, the star capping was applied. Also driver’s neck received poor protection, driver’s chest protection was poor due to its high compression, Passenger’s chest protection was adequate. Both front passengers’ knees could impact with dangerous structures in the dashboard lie the Tran fascia tube.”

The car failed miserably in the test and even more disturbing was the fact that even the body shell integrity was found unstable.

Datsun Go (No Airbags)

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If Alto 800 failed miserably in the tests then Datsun Go has tried to put even the Alto 800 to shame. This is what the final results have to say. “The protection offered to the driver head was poor due to the hard contact with the steering wheel and for this reason the star capping was applied. Driver’s chest protection was poor due to its high compression, Passenger’s chest protection was adequate. Both front passengers’ knees could impact with dangerous structures in the dashboard lie the Tran fascia tube.

The car failed miserably in the test and even more disturbing was the fact that even the body shell integrity was found unstable.

Hyundai i10 (No Airbags)

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Hyundai i10 went under the knife and also ended up failing with the results declaring that “The protection offered to the driver head was poor and for this reason the star capping was applied Driver’s chest protection was poor, Passenger’s chest protection was marginal. The front passengers’ knees could impact with dangerous structures in the dashboard lie the Tran fascia tube. The bodyshell was rated as unstable. The bodyshell was not capable of withstanding any further loading.”

Although the car failed in the test but what was a bit of relief is that the bodyshell integrity was found to be stable.

Ford Figo (No Airbags)

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The Ford hatchback somehow managed to pass the test with a declaration that “The protection offered to the driver head was poor and for this reason the star capping was applied Driver’s and passenger’s chest protection was weak. The passengers’ knees could impact with dangerous structures in the dashboard lie the Tran fascia tube.”

The car managed to pass the test and the bodyshell integrity was also found to be stable.

Maruti Suzuki Swift (No Airbags)

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One of the bestsellers of the Indian car market; the Swift also failed the crash tests with the results saying that, “The protection offered to the driver’s head and chest was poor and for this reason the star capping was applied. Driver’s chest protection was weak due to contact with the steering wheel. The passengers knees could impact with dangerous structures in the dashboard lie the transfascia tube. The bodyshell was rated as unstable. The bodyshell was not capable of withstanding any further loading.”

What was even more shocking, was the fact that the Swift’s bodyshell integrity was found to be unstable in the tests.

Volkswagen Polo (No Airbags)

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The German Engineering proved its worth here with the car performing quite decent in the tests but still failing at the end. The results have to say that “The protection offered to the driver head was poor due to the hard contact with the steering wheel and for this reason the star capping was applied. Also Diver’s neck received weak protection Driver’s chest protection was poor due to its high compression, Passenger’s head protection was good, and its chest protection was adequate. Both front passengers’ knees could impact with dangerous structures in the dashboard lie the Tran fascia tube. The bodyshell was rated as stable and it can withstanding further loading which is a critical baseline to add airbags.”

Although the car failed in the crash tests but we are relieved to know the fact that the structure was found to be well stable.

Volkswagen Polo (Two Airbags)

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The only hatchback in the entire list to obtain a well deserved 4 star safety rating. Let’s have a look at what results have to say. “The protection offered to the driver and passenger head and neck was good thanks to the airbag, Driver’s and passenger chest recived adequate protection. Both front passengers’ knees could impact with dangerous structures in the dashboard lie the Tran fascia tube. The bodyshell was rated as stable and it can withstanding further loading which is a critical baseline to add airbags”.

With stable bodyshell integrity and airbags to add to the safety, the Polo scored a well deserved 4 star rating.

Shocking to see these results, we put a full stop here with a request to the buyers to join the safety brigade and put the safer cars higher on their priority chart. After all, no saving can compromise the well being of your loved ones at the end of the day.
Wishing you happy miles – The Naked Truth team

*Pictures credits and Article reference: The Global NCAP assessment reports.

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Vipul Kumar

Electrical Engineer by Degree, Automotive at Heart and Biker by Choice.

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