According to a car safety watchdog, Most of the popular cars models present in India, including the famous Tata Nano, have crumpled in the independent car tests in such a manner that would surely lead to fatal or serious injuries. Head of the London car safety watchdog, David Ward has said that the results of the test show that most of the cars in the Indian industry lack safety standards. These crash tests have been performed by Global New Car Assessment Programme (GNCAP). Proper attention should be given to the safety standards of the car as India is said to have deadly roads.
According to Mr. Ward, the drivers should be protected by regulation and should also be educated. Looking at the current growing middle class of India, the anxiety of buying new cars is increasing day by day, as a result of which the automobile industry is seeing a high demand amidst which the safety standards of the car are not given any importance. In 2013, India produced over 3.2 million cars, almost twice the amount of cars that were produced in 2008.
Out of all the cars that were sold in India, the customers were given an option of rear seatbelts and air bags in the car and none of the cars had been tested for their ability to withstand collisions. The combination of the lack of safety features and reckless driving along with shoddy roads lead to the road death rate in India to be as much as six times of that in United States. Many of the small cars currently present in the market like the Hyundai i10, the Alto 800 and the Tata Nano have failed the independent crash tests that were performed by NCAP.