Tata boasts of offering one of the highest numbers of safest cars in the Indian market. Real-life accidents of Tata cars in the past have shown promising results. Here is one more where a Tata Nexon hits an electric pole and rolls over.
The CCTV footage shows an undivided road in Kerala. It looks like a straight road and there are no curves on it. The thinly crowded road has a few vehicles moving up and down. The Tata Nexon enters the frame from the left side of the footage.
The car is moving at a moderate speed. The video shows it slowly going out of the road and the left tyre hitting the base of an electric pole. The collision displaces the electric pole and also causes the Tata Nexon to go out of control and rollover. The Nexon slides for a couple of feet and comes to rest.
In the next few seconds, people gather around the car to take out the opponents. It looks like the airbags did not open and that is because the first impact happen on the front quarter. Since Tata only offers front airbags with the Nexon, they did not open because of the location of the first impact.
An initial front impact is needed to deploy the front airbags. Impact on the car anywhere else will not deploy the airbags because of safety and also because the crash sensors are located there. Airbags open with a small blast and the passenger’s torso can be in dangerous position if the impact happens on the side of the rear of the car. The opening of airbags can hurt the passengers instead of saving them.
Passengers look safe
The toppled car looked secure in every way. The pillars did not collapse even a bit. The video did not go on for long but we think even the doors could have opened. This shows the shell integrity and strength of the Tata Nexon, which is also the first made-in-India five-star rated car by Global-NCAP.
Tata Nexon, which was earlier tested by Global NCAP in August 2016 was re-tested to receive the highest ever points by a made-in-India vehicle. The Nexon received 16.06 points out of 17, which was the highest ever rating achieved by any car ever made in India. This adds one more star to Nexon’s earlier 4-star rating by the same testing agency.
The Nexon later gave the safest car in India position to other cars like the Altroz, XUV500 and recently, the Tata Punch. In the past, many owners have thanked the build quality and safety provided by Tata cars after getting involved in accidents.
Tall cars like the Tata Nexon have a tendency to topple due to their heavy top. This is why SUVs and crossovers should be driven much more carefully. The heavy top shifts the centre of gravity of the vehicle, which makes them more unstable compared to the regular hatchbacks and sedans.