New Delhi. Car manufacturers will now make it compulsory to install 6 airbags in new vehicles. Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said he has approved the draft GSR notification to make minimum six airbags mandatory for motor vehicles carrying eight people.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) had already made it mandatory to implement the fitment of driver airbag and front co-passenger airbag with effect from 1st July 2019. The Union Minister said in a tweet, “In order to reduce the impact of frontal and lateral collisions for both front and rear compartments, it has been decided to make 4 additional airbags mandatory in M1 vehicle category. This is a very important step to make motor vehicle more safe in India.”
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Passengers will get more security
All four wheelers will have 6 airbags from now on. These airbags will be for the passengers in the rear of the vehicle. Sources said the cost of four airbags and the necessary changes to the vehicles would be around Rs 8,000 to Rs 9,000. He said that this additional cost will go a long way in the safety of the passengers in the cars. The government had made 2 airbags mandatory in new models of four wheelers last year.
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Car accidents account for about 13% of the total road accidents in the country.
The Union Minister had said, ‘The poor in our country should also get full security. You give eight airbags for the rich. For cheap cars, you only offer 2-3 airbags. Why so?’ According to the road accident data published by the National Crime Records Bureau, 17,538 car riders died in road accidents, which is about 13% of the total road accidents in the country.