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Transport Minister approves draft notification to make 6 airbags necessary | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

Revealed On Jan 14, 2022 08:43:00 PM

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Including facet and curtain airbags can price as much as Rs 50,000 additional on funds vehicles.

Union Minister for Highway and Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has authorized a draft notification to mandate six airbags in automobiles carrying as much as eight passengers. The minister had beforehand urged all carmakers to provides six airbags as normal on all automobiles in an effort to enhance street security in India and this now brings his proposal a step nearer to actuality.

  • Twin airbags in vehicles solely grew to become necessary from January 1, 2022
  • Some automobiles would possibly want re-engineering to suit six airbags
  • This might considerably drive up price of automobiles, significantly in funds vehicles

6 Airbags may turn into necessary on all automobiles

“As a way to improve the security of the occupants in motor automobiles carrying upto eight passengers, I’ve now authorized a draft GSR Notification to make a minimal of 6 airbags obligatory,” tweeted Gadkari.

And whereas the minister hasn’t revealed any particular timeline by when carmakers should provide six airbags as normal on their vehicles, it have to be famous that twin airbags solely grew to become necessary on all automobiles this January. In the meantime, a driver airbag had solely turn into obligatory for all passenger automobiles from July 1, 2019.

What may very well be the challenges?

Providing six airbags as normal in a automotive will admittedly enhance the automobile’s crash security ranking, though there may very well be a number of challenges round it, significantly within the funds phase. For one, it would inevitably drive up the price of automobiles. A frontal airbag in an entry-level automotive sometimes prices anyplace between Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 and facet and curtain airbags can price double that.

So, a automotive with six airbags may price as much as Rs 50,000 additional, which is a major bump in worth for vehicles with beginning worth from round Rs Three lakh-3.5 lakh. It’s attention-grabbing to notice that carmakers reminiscent of Maruti Suzuki, Renault and Nissan don’t have a single automotive that’s supplied with greater than two airbags. Most carmakers that do provide six airbags solely begin to take action in fashions and variants that price upward of Rs 10 lakh.

The second concern is that putting in extra airbags will contain a whole lot of reengineering in vehicles not initially designed to supply that stage of safety. Adjustments to the physique shell in addition to to the inside trim and fittings can be required to guarantee that the airbags deploy successfully and safely. This, too, would once more drive up the prices.

The auto trade has already been reeling with rising enter and operational prices, plus there are stricter emission norms developing with the second phases of CAFE norms and BS6 emission norms by 2022-’23. And whereas the ministry would hope automakers to soak up many of the extra enter prices, a few of it will inevitably be handed on to the client.

It thus stays to be seen how fitment of six airbags as normal on all automobiles alters the associated fee constructions for automakers and prospects as nicely. However what’s for sure is that whereas vehicles could turn into costlier, they’re additionally going to get rather a lot safer.

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