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Reasons Why Maruti Swift Scored Only 2 Stars in Global NCAP Crash Test

2018 Maruti Swift Global NCAP

The hatchback achieved two stars for both adult and child occupant protection.

Global NCAP’s (New Car Assessment Programme) latest crash test results for the new Maruti Swift was released today. The hatchback achieved two stars for adult occupant protection and two stars for child occupant protection. The car provided poor protection for the driver and its structure was rated as unstable. The driver’s chest and the knee areas showed inadequate protection as the structures behind the dashboard could impact dangerously, supported by the Tranfacia tube.

The new Maruti Swift offered low protection to the 18 month old dummy, which was placed at the rear seat with forward facing position. The tested model was equipped with standard dual airbags, and ISOFIX child seat anchorages. The hatchback misses out on some important safety features such as four-channel ABS (antilock braking system).

New Maruti Swift Global NCAP Crash Test

The Maruti Swift’s predecessor, which was devoid of double airbag protection and ISOFIX anchorages, had scored zero safety rating in 2014 Global NCAP. Compared to the Europe-spec Swift, the Indian version of the hatchback is said to be a poor performer. Just so you know, the European model of the Swift gets side body and curtain airbags and ESC (electronic stability control) as standard fitments.

Commenting on the new Maruti Swift’s performance, David Ward, Global NCAP Secretary General said, “The latest version of the Swift sold in India has improved and it is good to see dual airbags as standard. This confirms the beneficial effect of the Indian Government’s new crash test regulations. But the performance of the Swift sold in Europe and Japan shows that a better safety performance is still possible, so Global NCAP would like to see Maruti Suzuki aim higher.”

Adding to Ward’s comments, Alejandro Furas, Global NCAP Technical Director, said, “Maruti Suzuki proved with the Brezza that they can produce locally models with high safety performance. They should do the same with the Swift and at least make it available in the model range added safety features available as standard in the European and Japanese version.”

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