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Transport Minister Approves Draft Notification To Make 6 Airbags Mandatory

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, has finally authorised a draft notification mandate 6-airbags in all vehicles carrying up to eight passengers. This notification released yesterday follows Nitin Gadkari’s appeal to all car manufacturers to make six airbags necessary in all cars.

The government will review the comments received on the notification by the carmakers, people and other stakeholders. After review, MoRTH will make any required changes to the rules, and final notification will be released. MoRTH would require carmakers to implement this from October 2022.

  • Ministry’s Statements

    Ministry Of Road Transport
    Ministry Of Road Transport

    Currently, dual front airbags are necessary for all cars. The rule for the second airbag for the co-driver came into effect this January itself. In comparison, the driver airbag was mandated from July 2019.

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  • Upcoming Challenges

    "Side

    Carmakers will have to add side, curtain & torso airbags to the respective models. This will increase the manufacturing cost and require design reconsideration for various models.

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    Carmakers will have to redesign certain aspects of the cabin and the car to implement these latest rules. These engineering changes made to the body and interior will take some time & effort to offer a better level of protection for all the already running cars to make them safer.

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  • Price Hike

    "Mahindra

    A frontal airbag costs between ₹5,000-10,000 for entry-level vehicles; this cost gets doubled for side & curtain airbags. This would result in a price hike of almost ₹50,000 for all the respective models.

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    The automobile industry is already coping with the changing emission norms; this will add to their list. The question remains unanswered: how will carmakers execute this fitment for all the cars. This will surely make the vehicles more expensive but also significantly safer at the same time.

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Yuvam Guptahttps://gomechanic.in/blog
Mechatronics Engineer in the making. Automobile enthusiast Creating revving content. Living life 1/4 mile at a time. Always hustling for skills, experience, and knowledge.

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