The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had made dual airbags mandatory for all passenger vehicles sold in India. For automobile manufacturers, this deadline was set as April 1. However, due to the pandemic, auto companies had to make some changes in their production line. Due to which the ministry has extended the deadline for installing dual airbags on existing models till December 31, 2021. That is, this time limit has been extended by four months.
Dual airbags mandatory for new cars: Dual airbags were made mandatory in all vehicles launched in India from 1 April 2021. This rule was implemented after taking suggestions from the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety. At the same time, the time sought by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) is behind the extension of the date. For information, let us tell you that till now only the seatbelt was valid for the front passenger.
There may be an increase in the price: Due to the new rule, the prices of the entry-level variants are expected to increase by about 5 thousand to 8 thousand rupees. Currently, there are few vehicles like Maruti Suzuki WagonR, Eeco, S-Presso, Datsun RediGo, Hyundai Santro, Mahindra Bolero, and Renault Kwid which do not offer passenger-side airbag in their base variants. With the implementation of this rule, side airbags will be provided in these vehicles.
A new rule that came first in July 2019: From July 2019 onwards, driver-side airbags, rear parking sensors, anti-lock braking system with electronic brake distribution, speed alert system, and seat belt reminder were also made mandatory in all cars. was. According to the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) specification, airbags must meet at least the AIS 145 standard.