The Kia Carens scored 3 stars for adult occupant protection and child occupant protection each, whereas a previous five-star rating, the Mahindra XUV 700 has now achieved a ‘Safer Choice’ Award, Global NCAP reported this Thursday.
Global NCAP's Secretary-General Alejandro Furas welcomed Kia’s decision to make six airbags, a standard fit in the Carens ahead of a regulatory requirement. However, he said that they expected a better performance for this model.
“Global NCAP welcomes Kia’s decision to make six airbags a standard fit in the car brands such as Kia, which normally achieve 5-star ratings in other markets, are still not reaching this level in India." He quoted.
"It remains a cause for concern that global car brands such as Kia, which normally achieve 5-star ratings in other markets, are still not reaching this level in India," Furas added.
Carens was tested in its most basic safety specification, fitted with two frontal airbags, two side-body airbags and two side head protection airbags. ESC is also a standard fit in this spec. The Carens were also side-impact tested and fulfilled the UN95 regulatory requirement.
"During the assessment, the made-in-India Carens demonstrated an unstable structure, marginal protection to the driver’s chest, and weak protection to feet. It remains a cause for concern that global noted that the model is still sold with a lap belt instead of a three-point seatbelt in the rear centre the driver’s r seating position," Alejandro said.
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