Six Airbags Could Soon Become Mandatory In India: Nitin Gadkari


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The Minister Of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) - Nitin Gadkari is quite famed for his determination towards progress and advancement of the Indian auto market and for setting some ambitious targets as well. Be it 100 per cent electrification, adopting alternative fuel such as CNG or ethanol or regularising emission norms, Gadkari has been quite vocal on these matters and has taken steps in the direction of achieving his targets as well. Now his next move is to make vehicles in India even safer and so after implementation of mandatory fitment of two airbags for all four-wheelers, the minister is now planning to mandate six airbags in all cars.

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MoRTH approves draft notification for making 6 airbags mandatory

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After mooting the need of more airbags for passenger safety almost six months back, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that he has approved a Draft General Statutory Rule (GSR) Notification to make a minimum of 6 airbags compulsory, to enhance the safety of the occupants in motor vehicles carrying up to 8 passengers.

In August 2021, the Road Transport and Highways Minister had appealed to the car manufacturers to provide six airbags for all cars irrespective of their costs to improve occupant safety. The airbag manufacturers were asked to come up with the suggestive bags.

In a series of tweets, he said his ministry had already mandated the implementation of fitment of the driver airbag effective from July 1, 2019 and the front co-passenger airbag effective from January 1, 2022.

“To minimise the impact of frontal and lateral collisions to the occupants seated in both the front and the rear compartments, it has been decided that 4 additional airbags be mandated in the M1 vehicle category, i.e two side/side torso airbags and two side curtain/tube airbags covering all outboard passengers. This is a crucial step to make motor vehicles in India safer than ever,” he said in his tweet.

According to the Minister, this will ultimately ensure the safety of passengers across all segments, irrespective of the cost or variant of the vehicle.
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