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Authorities delays necessary six-airbag deadline by one yr | Autocar India

Written by Sunny Kumar

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari stated the deferral of the rule is because of international provide chain contraints.

Union Minister for Highway Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has confirmed that the necessary six-airbag rule for all new vehicles will go into impact from October 1, 2023 – deferred by one yr. The rule will apply to all new vehicles and SUVs that come beneath the M1 class of autos in India.

  • Lack of airbag manufacturing capability doubtless motive for delay
  • Further manufacturing capability of 10 million models wanted

6-airbag rule for vehicles, SUVs: provide chain constraints motive for delay  

Earlier in January this yr, the ministry had accredited a draft notification making six airbags necessary in vehicles with passenger capability of eight folks. The rule was to enter impact on October 1, 2022.

Taking to Twitter, Gadkari stated, “Contemplating the worldwide provide chain constraints being confronted by the auto trade and its influence on the macroeconomic state of affairs, it has been determined to implement the proposal mandating a minimal of 6 Airbags in Passenger Vehicles (M-1 Class) w.e.f 01st October 2023.”

“Security of all passengers travelling in motor autos regardless of their value and variants is the foremost precedence,” he added.

Earlier this week, our sister publication Autocar Skilled had reported that the ministry’s rule is more likely to be deferred by over a yr. Business sources have revealed that there merely isn’t sufficient airbag manufacturing capability in India, which is the prime motive behind the anticipated delay. Airbag manufacturing must be practically tripled to 18 million models a yr to satisfy the surge in demand if all vehicles have been to be compulsorily geared up with six airbags.

In India, a driver airbag was made necessary in all vehicles from July 2019, whereas twin entrance airbags turned obligatory from January 1, 2022. The primary draft notification for a similar was rolled out in December 2020, whereas the proposed deadline was of April 1, 2021 for brand spanking new fashions, extending to June 1, 2021, for all different present fashions. Nonetheless, after subsequent deadline extensions, twin airbags in vehicles ultimately turned necessary solely in the beginning of this calendar yr.

6-airbag rule for vehicles, SUVs: automobile costs will go up

It’s learnt that greater than the airbag value, which is known to make carmakers incur an extra expense of round Rs 7,500 per automobile for including aspect and curtain airbags, the price of mannequin redevelopment in addition to lack of sufficient lead time to undertake such mega reengineering initiatives are different massive considerations. Many entry-level fashions in India from Maruti, Hyundai, Tata and Renault would have to be re-engineered for this software.

Whereas the full value of a six-airbag system is estimated to vary between Rs 12,500 and Rs 15,000 for OEMs, the efficient worth inflates by two to a few instances by the point the automobile reaches a buyer’s dwelling, as a consequence of levy of assorted central and state taxes, together with street tax.

Do we actually want six airbags in all vehicles?

The current street accident that claimed the lifetime of former Tata Group chairperson Cyrus Mistry is a transparent instance that greater than airbags, it’s the seatbelt – a part of a automobile’s main restraint system – that finally ends up saving lives within the occasion of a crash. This solely highlights the necessity for all occupants to put on a seat belt, and, for that matter, even heavy cargo secured nicely, and {that a} easy rear seat belt reminder would go a good distance in direction of instilling this behavior, one thing we, at Autocar India, have been declaring for some time now.

An airbag, then again, varieties the automobile’s supplementary restraint system (SRS) and basically assists an occupant’s seatbelt to assist cushion the adversarial influence of an accident from being transmitted to the human physique. The efficacy of an airbag is simply achieved when the occupants are securely strapped of their seats.

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