2022 Maruti Suzuki Swift Gets 1 Star Rating At Global NCAP Crash Tests
The Maruti Suzuki Swift has undergone another round of testing by Global NCAP, and this time it received a fairly dismal 1-star rating for both adult and child occupant protection. Along with the Ignis, S Presso, and Mahindra Scorpio N, the Maruti Swift was evaluated as part of the second batch of vehicles under the stricter guidelines of Global NCAP, which went into effect in July of this year.
The tested model has dual front airbags, seat belt pretensioners, rear ISOFIX anchorages, and seat belt reminders. It was made in India for the Indian market. In GNCAP’s 2018 pre-facelift test, the current-generation Swift received a 2-star rating for both adult and child occupant protection.
Notably, because both models are siblings and are supported by the same platform, these ratings also apply to the Dzire compact sedan.
In the adult occupant protection category, the 2022 Maruti Suzuki Swift received 19.19 points out of a possible 34, including 6.3 and 12.9 points in the frontal offset deformable barrier test and the side moveable deformable barrier test, respectively.
The 2022 Maruti Suzuki Swift provided good protection for the head and neck of the driver and passenger in the frontal crash test, according to GNCAP. Compared to the passenger, the driver’s chest received only fair protection. As they might come into contact with hazardous structures behind the dashboard, the driver’s and passenger’s right knees showed just fair protection, whereas the passenger’s left knee displayed excellent protection. The side impact test gave high ratings for the head, abdomen, and pelvic protection, but poor ratings for chest protection.
The bodyshell and the footwell section were both highlighted by GNCAP to be unstable and unable to handle further loads. Notably, these results are not much different from those of the Swift’s earlier crash tests. High compression to the driver’s chest, an unstable structure, and inadequate footwell protection were also noted in the 2018 Swift pre-facelift.
The updated Global NCAP testing guidelines mandate that vehicles also undergo side pole impact testing. The Swift, however, was not subjected to the same procedure because it lacks side head protection, not even as an option. The Swift was not tested for safety assist systems either because it does not come standard with Electronic Stability Control. Finally, it does not meet the standards for UN127 or GTR9 pedestrian protection.
The Swift received 16.68 out of a possible 49 points for child occupant protection. The CRS (child restraint system) installation score is 3.86 points, and the dynamic score is 12.82 points.
Both a 3-year-old child dummy and an 18-month-old child dummy, both facing forward in child seats in the back, were used to test the Swift. The child seats were able to limit excessive forward movement for the 3-year-old kid dummy, providing acceptable head protection and mediocre chest protection. However, it demonstrated inadequate head and chest protection for the 18-month-old dummy. These results are comparable to the 2018 Swift’s kid occupant protection, once again.
Only the two outer rear seats of the Swift are equipped with the required ISOFIX anchorages; the front passenger seat is left out. Additionally, the back passenger who is situated in the middle does not receive a three-point seat belt.
In addition to the mandatory adherence to pedestrian protection standards, standard ESC installation, side impact test, more stringent evaluation of chest load readings on crash test dummies, and side impact test for child dummies, the new Global NCAP protocols take a lot more factors into account when testing a car. Prior to this, GNCAP’s evaluation was founded only on a frontal offset crash test.
Since the Swift’s active and passive safety features have not been upgraded, the new score cannot be directly compared to the old score; therefore, Swift does not comply with the majority of the more strict standards. This explains why the Swift’s safety rating was reduced from two stars in the past to one star in the present.
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