The Chevrolet Beat hatchback produced in India has scored 0 stars in the Latin NCAP crash test.
Following the Renault Kwid and the non airbag version of the Honda Mobilio failing in the Global NCAP crash test, the Chevrolet Beat is the next one in line that has failed to score even a single star in the Latin NCAP tests.
The Chevrolet Beat that is produced in Talegaon, Maharashtra and exported to Mexico and Columbia, while also meeting the Indian markets demands was put through Latin NCAP’s front offset impact crash test in which the vehicle failed to score a single star in adult or even child occupant safety. The unit that was tested was a variant not fitted with airbags. However, the structure was rated stable following the crash. A side impact was not conducted on the vehicle after it failed to clear the front impact crash test.
The simulation dummies that were used for child occupants recorded high readings on impact in the crash test which gave the poor results to the Chevrolet Beat, in addition to lack of proper Child Restraint System installation.
Watch the video of the crash test below:-
The units exported from India to Mexico and Columbia are badged as the Chevrolet Spark and are fitted with a total of 6 airbags. The airbag fitted version was tested by EuroNcap in 2009 and was awarded 4 stars on safety.
This comes as another blow to General Motors who has been struggling to increase their sales in the country. In the month of August, Chevrolet has been able to sell only 629 units of the Beat in India.
These tests also bring upon a question for how long will we be offered death traps in a country where road accidents and fatalities are becoming a way of life due to lack of safety features in automobiles, lack of infrastructure, and unplanned and poor and unsafe quality of road construction in India?
Recently the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways was reported to have claimed that it will address issues like poor road infrastructure, identifying accident prone areas / black spots and rectifying these problems. Also the ministry has been reported it will address poor quality of driver training and the ease for anyone to get a driving license across the country by going digital making it more difficult to get bogus licenses. in 2017, Indian government will also introduce safety laws making certain safety features standard in cars that are to be sold in India.
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