New Deadline For Mandatory Addition Of Front Passenger Airbags
As a result of this rule, many entry-level variants would get more expensive
The co-passenger airbag is now standard for all new cars.
The deadline for all existing models to get this feature has been extended to December 31.
Cars to get this feature include Bolero, Wagon R, S-Presso, and Kwid.
Select variants of these cars currently have only a driver-side airbag
Cars implementing this new safety feature will witness a price hike.
The Union Government has now revised the deadline for carmakers to implement mandatory front-passenger airbags. All existing models must be equipped with this safety feature by Dec 31, a four-month extension from the earlier cut-off of Aug 31.
Of course, all new cars -- manufactured on or after Dec 31 this year -- will obviously have to feature dual-front airbags as standard. So, this notification from the government extending the timeline applies to existing models.
Since 2019, a driver-side airbag has been compulsory. Other standard safety features include a speed alert system, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and seat belt reminder.
As of now, most cars’ entry-level variants, including that of Hyundai Santro, Maruti Alto, S-Presso, WagonR, Eeco, Renault Kwid, Datsun Redi-GO, and Mahindra Bolero, come with a driver-side airbag as standard. In some cases, their top-spec variants feature a single airbag, missing out on the other one.
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But now that a co-passenger airbag is mandatory, the base and mid-spec variants of these cars could get costlier by up to Rs 10,000. However, we can only confirm the exact hike as we inch closer to the Dec 31 cut-off.
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