Maruti Swift: Global NCAP gave the newest generation Maruti Swift a dismal 2 stars for safety in their crash tests. The crash-testing organisation used the base LXI model, which includes standard dual airbags, ISOFIX child seat attachments, and anti-lock brakes. Both adults and kids may ride comfortably in the hatchback, earning a score of 2 out of 5 stars.
According to Global NCAP, Maruti Swift’s low safety rating can be attributed to the driver feeling significant chest compression during a collision. The driver’s feet are not well protected because the pedals have been moved, and the structure is weak, so it’s no surprise that it got such a low rating. Low scores in the child occupant protection area can be attributed to the fact that the 18-month-old dummy was placed in the child seat with their feet facing front, where they received minimal protection. Even the 3-year-old dummy’s chest received a dismal level of protection.
New Maruti Swift safety ratings were released not long after the Brezza’s impressive 4-star crash test rating was announced. The current generation of the Swift includes two airbags as standard equipment and is equipped with child seat anchorage points that are approved for use with seats that conform to the I-size standard. Compared to the European version, the Indian one fell short of expectations. The overseas model performed higher in frontal impact tests and also includes extra safety equipment like side airbags, curtain airbags, and Electronic Stability Control. Even though they come standard on the European version, none of the other models offer these functions in any capacity. The Global New Car Assessment Programme (Global NCAP) gave the Maruti Swift the following safety rating:
MALE OCCUPANT The head and neck protection provided was satisfactory. The driver’s chest was poorly protected, while the passenger’s was fine. Due to the potentially hazardous structures hidden beneath the dashboard that the Tranfasciatube supports, the knees of both the driver and the passengers only received moderate protection. The bodyshell was deemed unstable and unable to withstand any additional loadings. The vehicle satisfies the requirements for standard SBR for the driver but falls short of the ideal.
FOUR YEAR OLD OCCUPANT: The child seat was installed forward-facing using ISOFIX and the top tether, thus it prevented the child from moving too far forward upon impact while providing good protection overall and minimal protection to the chest area. The 18-month-old CRs had ISOFIX and a top tether attached with the forward-facing position, which explains the low score for head protection. There was no sign of incompatibility between the suggested CRSs. While all seats front and back have ISOFIX anchors and top tethers as standard, the middle seat in the back does not.
According to David Ward, secretary general of Global NCAP, “the current version of the Swift offered in India has improved and it is wonderful to see dual airbags as standard.” This was Ward’s response to the Maruti Swift’s performance in a crash test. This proves that the new crash test restrictions enacted by the Indian government are having the desired impact. A better safety performance is still feasible, as demonstrated by the Swift’s success in Europe and Japan, thus Global NCAP would want to see Maruti Suzuki shoot higher.
“Maruti Suzuki proven with the Brezza that they can develop domestically products with good safety performance,” claimed Alejandro Furas, Global NCAP Technical Director. They need to incorporate the same basic safety features seen on the European and Japanese versions to the Swift’s model lineup.
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