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Car safety cannot take a back seat

Posted: 13 Nov 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:automotive safety  SIAM  Global NCAP 

When an agency called Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP) failed two Indian cars for safety issues, it caused quite a bit of excitement here, particularly among the automakers.

What you need to know is that the Society of India Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) claims the cars meet Indian safety laws. Current laws in one country notwithstanding, human life shouldn't be cheap anywhere. And you want to know that Global NCAP is a UK registered charity that supports the development of crash test programmes for markets where vehicle growth is strong but independent consumer information on crash-worthiness is not readily available (paraphrased from their mission statement). They get funding from two other consumer-oriented organisations, the FIA Foundation ( and International Consumer Research and Testing Ltd (

Concerns over the automotive safety are not new and not restricted to India. Recall the recent news on Honda's exploding air bags, Tata Nano's fires, Toyota's famous settlement in the United States for embedded software issues that resulted in crashes and injuries and GM's mega recall of 8.4 million vehicles in a single day in June over faulty ignition switches that may have played a role in several crashes.

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