Suzuki Maruti Ertiga.

Global NCAP has released the results from the sixth round of the Safer Cars for India crash test, with support from the FIA Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Four models were tested in this round, with results ranging from three stars to one star for adult occupant protection.

“The latest results in our #SaferCarsforIndia crash tests show a mixed safety performance, and disappointingly, there are no five star performers. The Suzuki Maruti Ertiga achieves a creditable three stars for both adult and child occupant protection, but it’s obvious to us that more can and should be done to improve overall protection levels for cars sold in the market,” said CEO and president of Global NCAP David Ward.

Starting with the Suzuki Maruti Ertiga which offers dual front airbags as standard, this achieved three stars for adult occupant protection (AOP) and three stars for child occupant protection (COP). The performance of its structure was rated as borderline unstable, and the same for the footwell area where pedal displacement showed risks to the driver’s lower legs.

Head and neck protection was rated as good, so too was passenger chest protection although driver chest protection was rated as marginal. The passenger seatbelt pretensioner failed to work properly, and COP showed poor results for the 18 month old-equivalent dummy with the forward-facing child restraint system (CRS), whereas global best practice indicates that a rearward position works best for this age group, Global NCAP said.

Further along, the Ertiga is also equipped with ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard, seat belt reminders for the front occupants though without three-point seat belts for all.

Suzuki Maruti WagonR.

Next is another Suzuki, the WagonR. This achieved two stars for AOP and two stars for COP, and offers a single airbag for the driver as standard. The WagonR’s structure and driver footwell were rated as unstable, the latter showing pedal displacement which showed some risk to the driver’s lower legs.

The test found head protection for adult occupants to be good, while neck protection was rated good for the driver and adequate for the passenger; chest protection was found to be weak for both front occupants.

Child occupant protection was found to be weak, mainly due to child restraint system breaking for the three-year-old equivalent dummy, resulting in its head impacting against the front seat. Meanwhile, chest protection for the 18 month old-equivalent dummy was rated low, despite its rearward-facing installation.

The Suzuki Maruti WagonR offered seat belt reminders for both front occupants, however its points were not considered for the final rating as the front passenger’s chest received weak protection, Global NCAP said.

Hyundai Santro.

The third entry here is the Hyundai Santro, which scored two stars for AOP and two stars for COP. Here, the Santro offered only a single airbag for the driver as standard; its structure and footwell area were rated as unstable. Head and neck protection in the Santro for adult occupants were rated good, while chest protection was rated weak for the driver and marginal for the passenger, which led to a limitation of seat belt reminder points for the driver position of this vehicle.

Child occupant protection was rated poor as the manufacturer did not recommend a CRS for the test of this model, said Global NCAP. Dynamic performance in this area was rated poor due to contact during impact displayed by the three-year old equivalent dummy’s head, while the 18-month old equivalent dummy received acceptable protection, the report said.

The Hyundai Santro offered a seat belt reminder for the driver, however points for this were not considered for its final rating as the driver’s chest received weak protection.

Datsun RediGO.

Rounding up the quartet of vehicles tested this round is the Datsun RediGo, which has turned out the poorest safety performance of the lot here. The RediGo achieved a one-star rating for AOP and a two-star rating for COP, offering just a single frontal airbag for the driver as standard. Its structure and footwell areas were rated as unstable, while head protection for the driver was rated adequate due to steering wheel displacement.

Meanwhile for the front passenger, head protection was rated good, while neck protection for both driver and passenger were also rated good. Chest protection however was rated poor for the driver and marginal for the passenger, and the poor protection rating for the chest meant a high probability of life-threatening injuries, said Global NCAP.

Poor protection for any of the critical body regions, including the chest, limits ratings to one star for adults, and the RediGo does not offer seat belt reminders for the front seats, and SBR points are low as the crash results diagram shows the chest region in brown or red.

Here, COP ratings showed poor results mainly due to the 18-month old equivalent dummy’s head making contact with the front seat, and for the exposed head of the three-year old equivalent dummy during impact. The RediGo’s static rear three-point seat belts created difficulties in the proper and safe installation of a CRS, Global NCAP noted.

Overall, Global NCAP observed that none of the vehicles tested this round offered three-point seat belts for all occupants, and that lap belts in the middle seating position makes it impossible for properly and safely install a CRS, as well as offering a much lower level of protection compared to three-point seat belts for adults.