In the latest round of crash tests conducted by Global NCAP, Maruti S-Presso has scored a 0 star. The model tested was the base-spec variant of the S-Presso which gets safety features like driver side airbag, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors and speed alert system.
The S-Presso has scored zero out of 17 in adult occupant safety. Its bodyshell integrity and footwell area has been rated as unstable. Although the protection offered to the driver and passenger heads was good, driver’s neck showed adequate protection and the passenger's neck showed poor protection. The chest protection for the driver is rated poor while the passenger’s chest showed weak protection. Marginal protection is rated for the driver's knees as they could impact with dangerous structures behind the dashboard while the passenger’s knees showed good protection.
Coming to the child occupant safety, the S-Presso scored 13.84 points out of 49 resulting in 2 stars. Protection for 18-month-old child and 3 years old child was rated poor and vulnerable for head and chest respectively. The GNCAP noted the S-Presso does not offer 3 point belt in all seating positions and it does not offer ISOFIX anchorages.
Talking about Maruti Suzuki’s poor result, David Ward, President of the Towards Zero Foundation said, “We have seen important progress on car safety in India, with new legislation introduced by the government and manufacturers like Mahindra and Tata accepting the Global NCAP five star challenge and producing models which go well beyond minimum regulatory requirements. There is no place for zero rated cars in the Indian market. It remains a great disappointment that an important manufacturer like Maruti Suzuki does not recognise this.”
In response, Maruti Suzuki said “Safety is a critical issue and is therefore closely regulated by governments around the world as they are responsible for the safety of the people in their countries. It cannot be left to the opinion of any self-proclaimed party. The Government of India has recently increased the stringency of car crash test standards and made them identical to European standards. All products of the company are fully compliant with these global standards and duly tested and certified by the Government of India."