October 4, 2022

On the airbag issue, Godkari told car companies – don’t hesitate, cooperate

A data from the National Crime Records Bureau i.e. NCRB shows that in 2021, 1.55 lakh deaths occurred due to road accidents. This number is 426 deaths per day in one year. Or rather, 18 lives lost every hour.

Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said that most car makers in India are already exporting cars with six airbags and they need to adopt such safety standards for cars in India as well. He said that car companies should also think about the safety of people by using small cheap cars. Addressing the annual session of the Association of Auto Component Manufacturers of India (ACMA), Gadkari said that 1.5 lakh people die and over three lakh are injured in about five lakh road accidents every year.

Nitin Gadkari said that most of the car manufacturers in India are exporting cars with six airbags. But, they are hesitant because of the economic cost in India. Gadkari wondered why automakers were not thinking about people’s lives by using cheap cars in India. The minister said that reducing accidents in the country is the need of the hour.

800 rupees airbag

According to Nitin Gadkari, the central government is preparing to make it mandatory to install at least six airbags in cars. These types of airbags will be arranged in each segment, variant and car with different prices. This has fueled market speculation that car prices will rise further in the coming days. Nitin Gadkari has said in the past that people sit in the back seats of cars where airbags are not fitted, where an airbag costs Rs 800. Installing airbags will ensure maximum safety of people.

Emphasizing the need for airbags, Nitin Gadkari reiterated that every year 5 lakh accidents occur on the country’s roads in which 1.5 lakh people die and three lakh people are injured. Nitin Gadkari said this while mentioning the World Road Statistics 2018 report in the Lok Sabha. India today ranks fourth in the world in terms of car market, where the demand is increasing rapidly every year. In this context, the system of safe travel by car is also emphasized.

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Death in road accident

A data from the National Crime Records Bureau i.e. NCRB shows that in 2021, 1.55 lakh deaths occurred due to road accidents. This number is 426 deaths per day in one year. Or rather, 18 lives lost every hour. Notably, wearing a seat belt could have saved 11 percent of these deaths. This thing also became special because recently former Tata chairman Cyrus Mistry died in a road accident near Mumbai. He was sitting in the back seat at the time of the incident but was not wearing a seat belt. This happened in premium cars like Mercedes Benz. Had Mistry worn a seatbelt, his life might have been saved.

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