Recently VW launched polo with airbags as standard across all variants,following on the foot steps of nissan which did the same thing with the micra.Honda used to do it till they entered the volume segments.
Now consider maruti,the largest player which produces cars like the alto 800,k10, ritz e.t.c they are not offering airbags or abs
as an option in the top variants of the alto series.So the hottest selling cars are void of any safety features.
When I asked this issue to a friend of mine ,who is a service engineer working for a prominent maruti dealer in trivandrum he brushed aside the issue and used the 'people use two wheelers' cliche.
After riding and driving on indian roads from 1985 i can say that riding a two wheeler cannot be compared to driving cars." because people ride bikes they will neglect safety features in a car" is a flawed perception which holds back manufacturers from offering any safety equipment in cars.
We should remember that most people use two wheelers for short errands not inter state trips most of the time the average two wheel rider is caught in slow,city traffic where speed is well below 50 km\hour.Not the case with cars, even entry level ones tread our highways in the company of huge trucks,trailers e.t.c
Two wheelers are also used for inter state trips but not very often.
While riding a bike in a long trip the concentration levels will be sky high for a seasoned rider.He has an extremely nimble machine at his disposal,experienced riders will venture into highways only with utmost precaution,we check the condition of the bikes before undertaking a long trip,reduce night travel time and
most importantly would be having the uncommon common sense.Bikes are not as unsafe as they are portrayed to be
Since cars are often used on roads with high speed traffic so safety features are a must.The Indian govt will never pass a legislation making them mandatory thanks to the lobbying of these firms,So it is high time for market pressure to force these manufactures to prioritise safety.
Next time when we think of buying a car we should consider safety provided with it also. We should not let them con us by saying the illogical 'motorcycle' argument.At least all manufactures should provide them as an option