India is soon to mandate six airbags for cars. Details here

Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, announced in a tweet on Friday that he has approved a proposed GSR notification that would make a minimum of six airbags mandatory for motor vehicles with up to eight people. Gadkari further stated in a series of tweets that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has already ordered the installation of driver airbags beginning July 1, 2019 and front co-passenger airbags beginning January 1, 2019.

"It has been determined that four extra airbags be imposed in the M1 vehicle category to reduce the impact of frontal and lateral crashes on the people seated in both front and back compartments." "Gadkari sent out a tweet. He also said that all new passenger cars must feature two side or side torso airbags, as well as two side curtain or tube airbags that cover all outboard passengers.

 

"This is a critical step toward making India's motor vehicles safer than ever before," "Gadkari wrote the piece. He emphasised that this will ultimately assure passenger safety across all sectors, regardless of car pricing or version.

Dual front airbags have been needed since January 1st of this year, although they are only for the driver and front co-passenger in the event of a frontal collision. The new rule requiring side curtain airbags on new cars will assure occupant safety in the event of a side accident.

India is one of the top countries with an alarmingly high number of annual traffic accidents. Road accidents result in a large number of deaths and serious injuries. While traffic infractions are a significant cause of accidents, insufficient safety measures, particularly in smaller entry-level cars, also contribute to a high number of deaths.

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