Tata Safari crashes into a bus head-on, gets squeezed between bus and bridge: Keeps passengers safe [Video]

A recent accident between a Tata Safari and a public bus shows how the SUV has torn apart the bodywork of the bus. The accident happened near the Lamberi area on the Jammu-Rajouri-Poonch highway.

According to the reports, the bus was driven rashly and crashed into the Tata Safari that was on the opposite side of the road. The accident happened near a construction area, which was barricaded by the authorities to ensure the safe movement of motorists. However, it narrowed the path.

The bus was at a high speed and the driver could not control it. The bus crashed into the Tata Safari which got stuck between the bus and the pillar of an under-construction flyover. The driver of the Safari Chaman Lal, who is a resident of Siot got a few injuries and was shifted to a local sub-district hospital. No one travelling on the bus got any injuries.

The pictures show how the Tata Safari got stuck between the under-construction flyover and the bus. The Safari got a lot of damage on its left side, which was stuck against the flyover. The driver’s side of the Safari breached the bodywork of the bus.

The airbags did not open in this incident as the first impact was not in the front of the vehicle. Since this variant does not get side airbags, there was no deployment of airbags. The A-pillars of the Tata Safari look intact and there are no damages to the car. However, since the height of the bus is much higher, it caused more damage to the vehicle.

Harrier and Safari yet to be tested

Tata Safari crashes into a bus head-on, gets squeezed between bus and bridge: Keeps passengers safe [Video]

Although Tata Motors has one of the largest numbers of cars tested by Global NCAP, they have not yet sent the vehicles based on the OMEGA-Arc platform for a crash test, including both the Safari and Harrier. Tata has not disclosed the reason for not sending these cars for a crash test, but experts suggest that the Multijet engine in the Tata Harrier could potentially intrude into the cabin of right-hand drive vehicles and cause injury to the driver. This may be the reason why Tata has not sent the Harrier for a crash safety test. Both the Harrier and Safari use the same 2.0-litre diesel engine sourced from Fiat, which is also available in the Jeep Compass and MG Hector in India.

Despite this, there have been numerous accidents involving the Tata Harrier that demonstrate its excellent build quality. In most of these accidents, the occupants have been able to walk away from the crash unharmed.

If the government’s proposal to make crash safety tests mandatory becomes law in the future, all manufacturers will have to send their new cars for crash tests to receive a safety star rating.

CarToq Shorts: Ratan Tata’s Cars