The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has extended the mandatory requirement of dual front airbags in existing car models by four months to December 31, 2021.
New Delhi: The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has extended the mandatory requirement of dual front airbags in existing car models by four months to December 31, 2021. Significantly, this deadline has been extended in view of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic India.
To promote the safety of passengers in cars, the Indian government, in March, made it mandatory for all cars manufactured and sold in India to have dual airbags for front passengers. At the same time, this rule had already been made mandatory for vehicles manufactured after April 1.
A senior government official told the media about this that the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has sought more time to implement these rules on the existing cars in the market.
Significantly, this recent order regarding dual airbags is based on the suggestions of the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety and was issued keeping in mind the safety of passengers in vehicles plying on Indian roads.
Experts believe that this new government order will prove to be a boost to the safety of passengers in entry-level Indian cars. Especially in cars that did not have the facility of front dual airbags till now. Obviously making airbags mandatory will see a direct rise in the prices of low-segment cars in India.