Yesterday the Global New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) released a report that Maruti Suzuki Swift, the latest all-new car manufactured in India had disappointingly scored 2/5 stars for the crash test.
Just a couple of weeks after praising Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza for achieving four stars rating at the Global NCAP safety test, the new generation Swift dashes the expectation of the Indian fraternity with only two stars rating for adult and child occupant protection.
As far as concerned that there are some improvements in standard safety features such as two dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and Isofix child seat anchorages and good protection for drivers and co-drivers' head and neck areas. Yet, this new gen car still scored 2/5 stars in the crash test because it failed to meet the requirements in frontal and pack additional safety features compared to its European siblings. The European version’s body shell remained nearly intact after the crash test whilst the Indian hatchback performed unstably.
Maruti Suzuki Swift 2018 fell short in adult and child safety test
“The two-star result for adult occupants is due to high compression to the driver's chest, unstable structure and poor protection for the feet explained by pedal displacement on the driver side”, extracted from the Global NCAP report. Adding to the bad score in child occupant protection, the Global NCAP noted that the facial area of the 18-year-old and the chest of the 3- year-old model in the test also offer low protection.
According to the Global NCAP Secretary General, the performance of the European and Japanese Swift during the test has revealed that they had made great attempt to improve and fulfil the better safety features quality so Global NCAP would like the Indian-spec Swift to spend much more effort.