Government makes dual airbags mandatory as of 1 April: In 2019, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) passed a revolutionary mandate to set standard safety features for all cars sold in India. These include a driver side airbag, an EBD ABS, reverse parking sensors and a high-speed alert system. The Government has now decided to take another step towards improving road safety.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) announced in its gazette notification a new rule requiring all new vehicles to have dual front airbags as standard equipment from 1 April 2021 onwards.
The development comes as low-cost inclusions such as speed alerts, reverse parking sensors and seat belt reminders have become standard features in most cars, but life-saving airbags are still not mandatory. According to the industry executive, adding an extra airbag is likely to increase the prices of smaller hatchbacks by Rs 5,000-8,000.
At present, the basic variants of cars such as Alto, Kwid and Santro follow the current norms of offering only one airbag to the driver. The new proposal seeks to make cars safer, but the new rule also comes at a price. Manufacturers will need to make quick changes in order to comply with the new standards,” said the industry executive.