India’s Ministry of Road Transport is pushing for a minimum of six airbags for passenger vehicles despite resistance from automakers, who claim the move will increase vehicle costs. Reuters Report
“Security is non-negotiable. The ministry is finalizing the rules, which will take some time to be notified,” a senior government source told the publication. No timeline has been set since the government first announced draft guidelines in January, but the goal is to implement the new rules – four passenger airbags and two side / screen airbags as standard – by October 1, 2022.
Regarding the cost increase, the government estimates that adding four more airbags will not cost more than US $ 75 (RM327) per car, but automated data provider JATO Dynamics estimates that it could increase by at least US $ 231 (RM1,006). To this, government officials responded: “The underlying cost is exaggerated. The ministry has consulted with airbag manufacturers about the cost and time required to manufacture the parts locally. ”
“Airbags should be provided to car manufacturers as a matter of safety, it should not be made mandatory by the government. We need to increase regulations because companies are not doing it on their own, ”he added.
According to the ministry, this amount of airbags – including seatbelts – could have saved at least one-third of the 39,000 people killed in road accidents in 2020 or by side collisions.
Meanwhile, in Malaysia, the Ministry of Transport stipulates that from January 1, 2012, all vehicles sold in the country must be equipped with two airbags as standard (according to UN R94 standards). Do you think this rule should be amended, and would you pay a little more to have at least six airbags in your personal car? Below, let us know what you think.