India-made Renault Duster fails Global NCAP Test, receives 0 rating
After testing Chevrolet Enjoy and Ford Aspire early this year, Global NCAP recently released the crash ratings for Renault Duster. The basic version of Duster that comes without airbags underwent the stern safety test. To Renault’s disappointment, the SUV scored a dismaying 0 stars for adult occupant protection. The test revealed that lack of airbags could have incurred lethal injuries to the driver. For the rear child occupant, non-airbag Duster received just 2 stars. Read More – New Gen Renault Duster To Debut In September
The other version with driver-side airbag was also tested on the request of Renault. This version fared better with three stars for the adult occupant protection, while the child protection was similar with 2 stars. The result for the single airbag version contrasted with the Latin NCAP results from 2015 where it scored 4 stars. It was found that the India-bound Duster packed smaller airbag than the Latin America-spec Duster which also covered head and chest of the driver. Read More – Renault Duster Petrol Automatic Launched
This also brings forth the low level of safety offered by the carmakers in the Indian market as compared to other markets. With rising concern for the road fatalities, Indian government is structuring a plan to control the damage caused by road mishaps. Additionally, international bodies like UN and WHO are also chalking out plans to curb mortality rate on a global level.
Renault Duster recently received a new petrol automatic variant in India and is set to take leap into the next generation. It is expected that the global model will be unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September with the India launch likely in 2019. We hope that Renault will address these issues in the next-gen Duster and make it safer.