Safety ratings of cars are not really a priority with most car buyers in India and hence there are no comprehensive crash test evaluation procedures in India. But Indian buyers can look at some of their Asian counterparts for guidance when it comes to car safety – and that’s where the ASEAN NCAP ratings play a big role.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift, Nissan Sunny and Pajero Sport are three cars sold in India, that were part of the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) data on crash tests that was released a few days ago.
The Suzuki Swift, Nissan Sunny and Pajero Sport all scored 4 stars for adult occupant safety in this test. If you recall, the Suzuki Alto K10 scored a zero in the Latin NCAP crash tests a few weeks ago. The Maruti Ritz also has a Euro NCAP four-star rating (for the top-end variant only). Also read: Alto K10 fails Latin NCAP crash test
Suzuki Swift crash test
In the Malaysian crash tests, the vehicle has to have two airbags, electronic stability programme (ESP) and seat-belt reminder system to qualify for a five-star rating, otherwise it can only get a maximum of four stars. The Swift and Sunny don’t have ESP and hence, even though they fared well on the crash tests, they get only a four-star rating. Also read: Mahindra XUV500 gets 4-star crash test rating
Nissan Sunny (also called Nissan Almera) crash test
The Maruti Swift offers two airbags and ABS in the ZXI and ZDI variants, and also comes with side-impact beams and crumple zones. The Nissan Sunny too offers two airbags and ABS on the XL and XV variants, and a single airbag in the base XE variant. Both these cars fared well in crash tests with minimum adult injury probability and the Swift fared better in child safety at 77% compared to 52% for the Sunny.
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport crash test
The tests were conducted between May 21, 2013 and August 2, 2013, covering 11 cars, but only three are relevant for India.