Global NCAP rates Kwid, Celerio, Eeco, Scorpio, Eon zero on safety

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New Delhi: Vehicle assessment agency Global NCAP which conducted its first crash tests in India on five cars on Tuesday gave zero stars to all of them.

The cars tested are the hot-selling Kwid hatchback from Renault India Pvt. Ltd, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd’s Celerio hatchback and Eeco van, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd’s Scorpio SUV and Hyundai Motor India Ltd’s small car Eon.

“All showed low levels of adult occupant protection,” Global NCAP said in a press statement.

The Renault Kwid was tested in three versions, including one with airbags, but each was rated as zero star for adult safety.

“Four versions of the Kwid have been produced with different safety features, with the fourth only recently released and yet to be tested by Global NCAP. Despite the safety improvements Renault has sought to introduce, all of the versions tested to date have been rated as zero star for adult protection,” the agency said in a statement.

Mahindra Scorpio scored zero stars in the adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection.

“The collapse of the structure combined with the lack of airbags explains the score for the adult occupants protection, which means that there is high probability of life-threatening injuries for at least one of the adult passengers,” Global NCAP said.

The non-airbag Eeco scored zero stars in adult occupant protection and one star in child occupant protection. This model does not offer optional airbags. “Considering the structural collapse, airbags are not likely to help avoid life threatening injuries to the driver,” it said.

The Hyundai Eon is offered in the standard version without airbags. It scored zero stars in the adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection.

The non-airbag Maruti Suzuki Celerio scored zero stars in adult occupant protection and one star in child occupant protection.

The low score in child occupant protection is explained by the high values recorded in the 3-year-old child dummy as well as its forward excursion beyond the accepted limits, the rating agency said.