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The minister also said that mandatory airbags are very important from a road safety point of view and that is why we have made them mandatory for all cars, including in the economic models.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. (Image: Twitter/@nitin_gadkari)

Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari told the Rajya Sabha that the Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Programme, also known as the Bharat NCAP, has already been notified by his ministry.

Responding to Congressman KTS Tulsi’s question about the safety standards in car production as the number of deaths in car accidents has risen in the country, Gadkari said that the major car manufacturers around the world have the safety standards and this is also a need for the hours in India.

“Every year more than five lakh accidents happen in India with more than 1.5 lakh deaths reported in these accidents, so we made a decision and made six airbags mandatory for all cars,” he said. Recently, Gadkarihad confirmed that all new cars produced from October 1, 2022, will be equipped with six airbags.

The minister also said that mandatory airbags are very important from a road safety point of view and that is why we have made them mandatory for all cars, including in the economic models.

Citing the number of traffic accidents, he said there were a total of 25,289 accidents in the year 2020, of which 30 percent of lives could have been saved by the airbags in a frontal collision, while 31 percent of lives could have been saved. were rescued in a side collision through the use of side airbags.

He also said that under the Bharat NCAP, the structural safety of the vehicle, adult occupants, rigidity of the vehicle structure, crash tests of child occupant safety, assessment of the car from the point of view of pedestrian safety and the design of the hood , active safety assist technology, six airbag standards, 3.5 seat belts and a seat belt warning system are included as new features.

“We want to protect people’s lives and this is why we are also going to start the ‘rating system’ for the manufacturing companies. This will create more jobs in the auto manufacturing sector and also boost exports,” said Gadkari.

The Bharat NCAP foresees that the cars sold in the country are awarded according to their safety performance. The implementation will be carried out in phases, according to the plans drawn up by the National Project Testing Automotive and R&D Infrastructure.

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