Global NCAP has been on a mission to standardize car safety standards across the globe By 2030 the organization is aiming for all cars to be equipped with safety features such as ESC, crash avoidance system as well as speed assistance technologies. A key objective of the whole movement remains to be to make sure cars comply with minimum crash worthiness standards.
To highlight the difference in between safety standards based on geography Global NCAP carried out an head to head collision between cars that belong to the same brand but have been manufactured in different geographical areas and comply to different safety norms. One of them is Hyundai Grand I10 sedan (Aura ) and the other one remains to be the Hyundai Accent.
For this test, one of the cars used is a Grand i10 sedan sold in Mexico and manufactured at one of Hyundai’s plants in India. The other car is Hyundai Accent sold in US and manufactured in Mexico. Both these cars are among the cheapest sedans that are available in the respective countries.
Results of the crash test clearly demonstrate the difference in safety standards followed by carmakers in different countries. While Accent has safety features such as electronic stability control (ESC) and 6 airbags, the Aura model sold in Mexico is equipped with only two front airbags. In the crash test, Hyundai Accent provided marginal to good safety for the driver. The structure was found to be stable.
In comparison to the Accent the Aura provided weak to marginal safety to the driver, the cars structure was compromised and would have lead to the driver facing life threatening injuries. As according to Rushlane such a car would have received a 0 star rating from Latin NCAP.
The fact of the matter remains to be that while NCAP tries its best to being standard safety features and car structure strength across the globe as of now safety norms vary profoundly from country to country , and the after effect of that is clearly visible through a crash like this. Although such a push would be a merit for the safety concerns of the drivers but would also increase the pricing of the cars in low income nations making it hard for parts of the economic subset to afford cars.
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