Currently, only two airbags are required in India, one for the driver and the other for the front seat passenger. This is applicable for all models even for the most affordable cars.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. (file photo)
Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has urged all car manufacturers to provide 6 airbags in the car, which includes airbags for rear seat passengers as well. He has urged for providing airbags in all variants of the car, irrespective of the price or class of the car. Along with this, he asked companies to introduce flex-fuel vehicles that can run on both 100 percent ethanol and gasoline by next year.
If sources are to be believed, Nitin Gadkari asked Kenichi Ayukawa, MD and CEO of Maruti Suzuki India, how many airbags have been given in Japanese cars, on which he told that 6 airbags have been given in Japanese cars. After this, the Union Minister, while meeting the CEO of the Automobile Manufacturers Association, talked about 6 airbags.
Right now only two airbags rule in India
Currently, only two airbags are required in India, one for the driver and the other for the front seat passenger. This is applicable for all models even for the most affordable cars. No study has been done in India on how many people sitting in the rear seat die in road accidents.
Let us tell you that the airbag protects your upper body or head from hitting the interior of the vehicle during any accident. Passengers are required to wear seatbelts to avoid air-bag related injury as airbags are designed to work with seat belts and not to replace them. Rear seat belt law is mandatory in India, although most people do not follow it.
Demand for making vehicles with flex-fuel engines
Sources also said that Nitin Gadkari has also asked SIAM and CEOs of automobile companies to manufacture flex-fuel engines so that the dependence on crude oil can be reduced and the rural economy can be boosted. SIAM has given time till 2027 for the introduction of such engines and has also prepared a roadmap for alternate fuel availability to encourage the adoption of such vehicles.
Apart from this, it has also been said that the government should prepare a roadmap with price guarantee of flex fuel which is cheaper and can encourage people to shift to such vehicles. Please tell that the mileage of ethanol fuel vehicles is less than petrol.
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