The Tata Zest sub-4 metre sedan has scored a four-star adult occupant safety rating during the Global NCAP crash test.
Global NCAP, an independent body that promotes road safety and evaluates road cars in crash tests, has awarded the Indian-built Tata Zest a four-star rating for adult occupant safety, and two-stars in child occupant safety.
Global NCAP crash tested two variants of the Zest, one featured no airbags, while the other equipped with driver and front passenger airbags. The standard non airbag variant of the Zest was awarded a zero-star rating for adult occupant, and one-star for child occupant.
[caption id="attachment_80642" align="alignnone" width="642"] Tata Zest Global NCAP crash test result without airbag[/caption]
The significant improvement seen in the airbags equipped variant of the Zest was due to additional reinforcements and design changes that were made to the crash structure of the car. In addition, Tata included two pre-tensioners for the front seat belts, and a seat belt reminder in the driver seat. Child occupant safety was also improved as it received two-stars after Tata selected other child restraint systems for the airbag equipped test.
Following the test, Tata Motors have announced that these structural improvements will be included into the entire vehicle range from cars equipped with or without airbags.
Watch the crash test video of the Tata Zest with no airbags:
Watch the crash test video of the Tata Zest with two airbags: