Datsun GO undergoes crash test:
Global NCAP, a leading automobile safety body, has asked Nissan India to pull out its entry-level hatchback Datsun Go from Indian market; following its failure to pass the United Nation’s frontal impact regulation in a crash-test recently conducted by Global NCAP. Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP) has conveyed to Nissan in a letter about its disappointment with Nissan’s management; who authorised the launch of Datsun GO that was not safe enough and its body-shell needs to be redesigned.
As per the crash-test results, the Datsun GO has reportedly scored 0/5 for the adult occupant protection and 2/5 for the child occupant protection. According to Global NCAP, the Datsun GO structure collapsed in the crash and was rated as “Unstable”. Apart from the Datsun GO, the recently launched Maruti Suzuki Swift 2014 Facelift has also failed the same crash-test scoring 0/5 for the adult occupant safety; raising questions about its occupant’s safety.
Datsun GO crash test (Video Published by & Courtesy: Global NCAP)
Nissan India, however, has strongly defended the Datsun GO; claiming that Datsun Go meets the requisite local regulations in India. According to Economic Times, Nissan Motor India has said in a statement, "Datsun Go meets the required local vehicle regulations in India. Datsun Go was developed with a strong intention to deliver the best adapted solutions to the local conditions, from best-in-class braking and good visibility to durability, seat comfort and reduced motion sickness - all being taken as a package aim to decrease potential risk of road accidents." Maruti Suzuki also reiterated its stance; claiming that the cars manufactured and sold by Maruti Suzuki in India fully conform to the regulations pertaining to India.
Back in January 2014, Global NCAP had also conducted crash-tests for India’s five best-selling cars and had published test results for the Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Hyundai i10, Ford Figo, Volkswagen Polo, and Tata Nano. All these cars had received zero-star ratings for adult protection in the tests. Subsequently, Volkswagen India decided to offer two airbags as a standard fitment for its Polo sold in India. This model then received a four-star safety rating.
Further information can be obtained at: http://www.globalncap.org/global-ncap-calls-for-urgent-withdrawal-of-datsun-go/