Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has recently put forward a proposal to make 6 airbags mandatory for all 8-seater vehicles. Gadkari had recently passed a proposal, which said that all 4-wheelers which are 8-seater will have to install 6 airbags. Providing two side-by-side airbags and two tube airbags in the rear seat will make travel safer for all passengers.
This step of the government is an important step to make vehicles more safe. India is witnessing the highest increase in road accidents every year. Between 2005 and 2019, 20 lakh people have died.
According to Gadkari, in the year 2020, about 48,00 people have died in highways and expressways. The government’s proposal to make airbags mandatory has been appreciated by many. At the same time, many car manufacturers have also criticized it. Criticizing it, Maruti Suzuki Chairman RC Bhargava said that policy makers need to think in terms of consumers. This policy of the government will increase the additional cost of cars, which cannot afford this increased cost.
Gadkari said that in order to keep the passengers safe by minimizing the impact of head-on collisions and side-to-side collisions, it has been decided to provide four more airbags in the vehicles. Gadkari said, providing two side-by-side airbags and two tube airbags in the rear seat will make travel safer for all passengers.
Know how much the cost will increase
Adding a single frontal airbag can increase the price by Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000, depending on the model. Whereas the cost of side curtain airbag can be double this. Apart from this, adding four additional airbags to the cars already equipped with dual airbags could increase the prices by Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000.
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Benefits of airbags in the car
Airbags are an important safety feature in a car. It can be found in many parts of the car. Car airbag ABS act as a safety cover during road accidents. In road accidents, many times, due to the sudden stop of a speeding vehicle, injury to the head or other delicate part of the passenger sitting in it. Many people lose their lives because of this. If the airbag is opened for each passenger in the car during a road accident, the air bag actually fills the gap between the body of the car and the passenger in it, protecting the passenger from a direct collision. Because of this, the damage caused in an accident can be greatly reduced.