Monday, 3 February 2014

Fund donors see impact in India crash tests

The Suzuki Maruti was one of the high selling cars to achieve zero stars
Hundreds of thousands of people have watched crash test footage or downloaded results of Global NCAP's first crash tests in India, since they were published last Friday. The tests, of popular cars sold by manufacturers Ford, Hyundai, Suzuki, Tata and VW, were covered by news media across the world. Following a zero-star test of its Polo, Volkswagen announced it was introducing driver and passenger airbags as standard for its entry-level Polo. With the airbags included the car achieves four stars for occupant protection.

To coincide with the tests, which were co-funded by the FIA Foundation, a Conference on Vehicle Safety in Emerging Markets was organised by the IRTE at its College of Traffic Management near New Delhi. The event, supported by the Road Safety Fund through its donors DENSO and UL, and by the World Bank Global Road Safety Facility, brought together Indian and international policymakers and a large number of vehicle manufacturers to discuss strategies for improving car safety in the Decade of Action for Road Safety.