Maruti Suzuki Wagon R Gets 1 star Global NCAP Crash Test
The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R received a 1-star rating for adult crash safety and a 0-star rating for kid safety in the most recent round of Global NCAP crash testing. A prior review of the Wagon R in 2019 gave it a score of 2. The test results have decreased compared to 2023 since this was done under less strict testing conditions.
Maruti Suzuki’s Wagon R received a grade of 19.69 out of a possible 34. In the frontal offset deformable barrier test, the automobile received 6.7 points, while in the side movable deformable barrier test, it received 13 points. Because the automobile did not have curtain airbags, a side pole impact test was not undertaken; nevertheless, the car does have two front airbags.
The driver received “excellent” protection for the neck during the frontal crash test, but just “sufficient” protection for the head. The knees received just fair protection, while the driver’s chest received only ‘poor’ protection. Even the knees may bump into “hazardous structures” beneath the dashboard as mentioned in the test. Furthermore, the Maruti Suzuki Swift also received a complaint concerning the driver’s knee being vulnerable to collision with hazardous structures below the dashboard in the last Global NCAP crash testing performed in December 2022.
The protection supplied for the head and neck was rated as “excellent,” and the chest received “sufficient” protection on the passenger’s side. Also classified as “unstable” and incapable of withstanding any additional loads were the footwell and bodyshell. Both the GTR9 and UN127 pedestrian safety standards are not met by the Wagon R, which does not include Electronic Stability Control as standard equipment.
The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R received one star for adult crash safety, but not so much for kid occupant protection. Both a CRS (child restraint system) and ISOFIX were not recommended for the Wagon R by Maruti Suzuki. The examination also identified the lack of three-point seatbelts in every sitting position and the inability to turn off the front passenger airbag for the rear-facing child restraint system. The child’s safety would be jeopardized if the airbag were to deploy during a collision. The experiments also revealed that both front- and rear-facing orientations put kids at a greater risk of injury.
“Maruti Suzuki falls significantly short again on safety performance for some of the most popular automobiles marketed in India,” said David Ward, head of the Towards Zero Foundation.
Maruti Suzuki sold 16,889 more Wagon R cars in February 2023 than Toyota did throughout the entire month (15,267). Even though it isn’t the automaker’s best-selling model, the Wagon R illustrates the volume of sales that Maruti is able to complete.
Regardless of the vehicle you drive, you need constantly be vigilant and drive safely on the road because over 1.2 lakh people died in India in road-related incidents in 2020, which equates to one fatality every four and a half minutes.
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