Car prices to go up by around Rs 10k
New Delhi, Jan. 14 (Delhi Crown): It has been mandatory that all mid-segment cars, i.e. those which can carry up to eight passengers, shall have six air-bags. The move is aimed towards ensuring safety of the occupants in the event of any fatal accident.
With this, prices of cars are expected to rise by around Rs 10,000.
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said – “I have now approved a Draft GSR Notification to make a minimum of six Airbags compulsory.”
The transport ministry had already mandated the implementation of fitment of the driver airbag w.e.f. July 1, 2019 and front co-passenger airbag w.e.f. January 1, 2022.
Gadkari said – “To minimise the impact of frontal and lateral collisions to the occupants seated in both front and rear compartments, it has been decided that 4 additional airbags be mandated in the M1 vehicle category, i.e, two side/side torso airbags and two side curtain/tube airbags covering all outboard passengers. This is a crucial step to make motor vehicles in India safer than ever.”
The minister further said, “This will ultimately ensure the safety of passengers across all segments, irrespective of the cost/variant of the vehicle.”