Here Are 10 Most Affordable Cars With Rear Middle 3-Point Seat Belt
The government will make rear seat belt reminders mandatory in passenger cars and plans to penalise people who are found not wearing seat belts in the rear
The rear seat belts rule, while compulsory, is ignored by our fellow drivers and authorities. Following the accident of Cyrus Mistry, former Tata Group chairman, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, has confirmed that if passengers are found not wearing seat belts in the rear, they will attract a fine soon.
The sad fact is that it took the death of a prominent personality for the rule to be recognised by authorities, while there are several such fatalities occurring daily due to people flouting safety regulations and authorities turning a blind eye to the same.
While cars sold in India do get three-point seat belts in the rear, most only feature them for the rear outboard seats and ignorantly miss out on a three-point seat belt for the rear middle seat and the same holds true for the headrest as well.
Instead, they get just an ancient, cost-effective lap belt which won’t prevent sudden forward movement in the case of an accident. While it will soon be standardised, even several cars costing over Rs 20 lakh do not get this safety feature today in the country. So, here are the top 10 most affordable cars that actually do get this feature:
Price - Rs 8.41 lakh to Rs 13.92 lakh
The most affordable car to get a three-point seat belt for the rear middle passenger is the XUV300. Its standard set of safety features includes dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, cornering brake control, disc brakes all-around and ISOFIX anchorages. It’s also the only car here to get a safety rating in the global NCAP crash test, that too full five stars.
Expected Price - Rs 9.5 lakh to Rs 18 lakh
The Toyota Hyryder offers three-point seat belts as standard for all forward-facing seating positions. Its other set of standard safety features include dual front airbags, ISOFIX seat anchorages, adjustable shoulder anchor (front seat belts), ESC (electronic stability control) and hill hold control.
Maruti Grand Vitara
Expected Price - Rs 9.5 lakh to Rs 18 lakh
Now this will be the first Maruti car in recent times to get a three-point seatbelt for the rear middle passenger. It will be standard along with dual front airbags, ESC, hill-hold assist, front seat belt height adjuster and ISOFIX child-seat anchorages. Maruti is going to reveal the prices of the Grand Vitara towards the end of this month.
Price - Rs 10.22 lakh to Rs 18.23 lakh
MG offers a three-point safety belt for the rear middle passenger throughout its lineup. Also, the Astor is the only car in its segment to feature ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems). The standard features on board the compact SUV include dual front airbags, active cornering brake control, ESC, traction control, hill-hold/descent control, all four disc brakes and ISOFIX anchorages.
Price - Rs 10.99 lakh to Rs 18.39 lakh
The Slavia offers a three-point seat belt for the rear middle passenger as standard. The sedan further gets electronic stability control (ESC), electronic locking differential system, traction control system, dual front airbags, front and rear height-adjustable headrests, tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and ISOFIX anchorages as standard.
Price - Rs 11.22 lakh to Rs 17.92 lakh
VW Virtus offers a three-point seat belt for the rear middle passenger as standard, along with electronic stability control, electronic locking differential system, front and rear height-adjustable headrests, tyre pressure monitoring, dual front airbags and ISOFIX anchorages.
Price - Rs 11.29 lakh to Rs 19.49 lakh
Just like its sedan sibling, the Kushaq also offers this safety feature as standard. Its basic safety kit includes electronic stability control, traction control, electronic differential locking, rollover protection, dual front airbags, front and rear height-adjustable headrests, TPMS and ISOFIX anchorages.
Price - Rs 11.40 lakh to Rs 18.60 lakh
Volkswagen offers the Taigun with a comprehensive safety feature list which includes dual front airbags, front and rear height-adjustable headrests, three-point seat belt for the rear middle passenger, ESC, traction control, rollover protection and ISOFIX anchorages as standard.
Price - Rs 11.57 lakh to RS 15.52 lakh
The City is the only car here to get four airbags as standard, along with the rear middle passenger’s three-point seatbelt, ISOFIX anchorages, rear parking camera, vehicle stability assist, hill-start assist and TPMS.
Price - Rs 14.43 lakh to Rs 20.36 lakh
The biggest car in this list, the MG Hector, gets a three-point seat belt for the rear middle passenger as standard. Other standard safety features on board the SUV include ESP, traction control, hill-hold, all four disc brakes and ISOFIX anchorages.
Many popular models like the Maruti Vitara Brezza, Baleno, Hyundai Creta, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV700 and Scorpio N/Classic miss out on this safety feature.
With the government’s focus now turned toward ensuring that a three-point seat belt is offered as standard for the rear middle passenger in a car, every manufacturer will have to incorporate the same in each of their models.
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