Ford India has silently introduced ABS (Antilock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) on the ‘Trend’ trim of the Figo hatchback and Aspire compact sedan. Earlier, this safety feature was available only on the top-of-the-line Titanium and Titanium + trims of both the cars. With this move, the American carmaker has made it clear that the passengers’ safety is their top priority. Just so you know, Ford already offers driver airbags as standard feature across its entire lineup in India.
In order to promote safer cars for India, several car manufacturers have begun offering a range of safety features to their models. Recently, Volkswagen India introduced ABS and dual airbags as standard on the Polo hatchback and Vento sedan. The country’s largest passenger carmaker, Maruti Suzuki has also announced ISOFIX mounts across all variants of the Ciaz.
The incorporation of safety features is also because of the Indian government’s plan to make it mandatory for all new cars to have airbags, reverse gear sensors for child pedestrian safety, seatbelt reminder system and speed warning systems as standard from October 2017. For the existing models, the timeline has been set for October 2018. Besides this, the government is also planning to set up Bharat National Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) to rate safety of the vehicles.
The road transport and highways ministry had announced that the new model cars will have to pass frontal and side crash tests along with pedestrian protection tests. The speed norms for the frontal and side crash tests are 64kmph and 50kmph respectively.
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