The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has issued a new draft notice which mentioned that all the cars will soon have front passenger airbags as standard. The notice has been issued to all the car manufacturers to ensure dual airbags and making it mandatory for all variants across models. However, the exact date for the implementation of this notice is still unaware.
The customers who prefer to buy more cost-efficient cars including the Renault Kwid, Maruti S-Presso, Datsun redi-GO and Hyundai Santro will not have to pay a premium for such a basic and mandatory safety feature. Most of these cars provide airbags only for the driver in their base variants whereas the airbags for co-driver are available at a premium in the mid-spec or top-spec variants.
Most of the cars which offer only a single airbag come under the price range of Rs. 5 lakh. The cars which are above this price range mostly offer dual airbags as standard. This is done for cost-cutting purposes which makes the car more affordable for the buyers. Hence due to this new notice of mandatory dual airbags will definitely affect the affordability of these cars. We can expect to see a premium of Rs. 10000 approx. once this order comes into effect fully.
This is a huge step taken by the ministry in order to ensure more safety of the passengers. Moreover, the ministry has already made some other mandatory safety features in all the cars which includes rear parking sensors, front seat-belt reminders, manual override for central locking, ABS with EBD, and high-speed alert system.