MUMBAI, Sep. 5, 2022 (TBINN)
Passing away of Cyrus Mistry, former Tata Group chairman who succeeded Ratan Tata as chairman of Tata Sons in a road accident near Mumbai left behind questions and focus on road safety. It has also raised concerns on car safety standards like European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro N.C.A.P.).
As per the National Crime Records Bureau (N.C.R.B.) data, over 1.55 lakh lives were lost in road crashes in India last year, an average of 426 daily or 18 every single hour, which is the highest death figure recorded in any calendar year so far.
Reportedly, Cyrus and four others were heading to Mumbai when the accident took place after the driver lost control of the car and banged in a river bridge in Paal Ghar. In the accident Mistry suffered grievous injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.
It is quiet relevant mentioning here that Mistry was travelling in a Mercedes-Benz S.U.V., India’s largest-selling luxury brand’s best-selling model priced upwards of Rs 50 lakh, the Mercedes-Benz GLC was awarded the highest 5-star safety rating by Euro N.C.A.P. and was based on the M.R.A. architecture.
Global N.C.A.P. tests cars on various parameters and assigns a rating out of 5 stars primarily on adult and child safety. Other safety features of the car include seven airbags, cross-wind assist, parking assist, attention assist, adaptive brake lights, tyre-pressure monitoring system, hill descent control, Mercedes’ Pre-Safe occupant protection system, etc.
As said, Mistry was reportedly seated at the rear side of the car and experts recommend seat-belts for both, front and rear-seated passengers to ensure maximum safety. Recently, Global N.C.A.P. released a list of the safest cars in India. Among the passenger cars, Mahindra XUV700 S.U.V., Tata Punch and Honda City were considered to be some of the safest cars on Indian roads.
Some time back this year, the Road Transport Ministry said it would make it mandatory for car-makers to provide a minimum of six air-bags in motor vehicles that can carry up to eight passengers for enhanced safety of occupants from October 2022.
Chairman of Maruti Suzuki India (M.S.I.) R.C. Bhargava, the norm will adversely hit the already shrinking small car market, making it even more difficult for two-wheeler users to upgrade to small cars. The airbag versus cost debate is not an easy one as finance and sales are involved in it. Therefore, some solution keeping coat and safety in light, has to be sought for the safety of passengers in vehicles.