New Delhi: Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari took on Friday took to social media platform to announce that the government has now approved a draft to make minimum 6 airbags compulsory for vehicles carrying up to 8 passengers.
Gadkari, in a series of tweets wrote: “In order to enhance the safety of the occupants in motor vehicles carrying upto 8 passengers, I have now approved a Draft GSR Notification to make a minimum of 6 Airbags compulsory. #RoadSafety#SadakSurakshaJeevanRaksha”
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He further wrote “…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 also added that four additional airbags be mandated in the M1 vehicle category to minimize the impact of “frontal and lateral collisions” to the occupants seated in both front and rear compartments.
The Union Minister further informed that the Ministry had already mandated the implementation of fitment of the driver airbag w.e.f 01st July 2019 and front co-passenger airbag w.e.f 01st January 2022.
Airbags will be made mandatory for two side or side torso airbags and two side curtain or tube airbags, covering all outboard passengers. “This is a crucial step to make motor vehicles in India safer than ever”, the minister added.
Gadkari said that this will ultimately ensure the safety of passengers across all segments, irrespective of the cost or variant of the vehicle.
Earlier in August 2021, Gadkari had urged automakers in India to offer at least six airbags as a standard practice on all variants of each model they produce.