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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 20 May 2011
Safety of passengers in a car, in India, is not given as much thought as mileage. The safety features of majority of cars Made in India stop at seat belts. Luckily, an increasing number of auto manufacturers and customers are waking up to the importance of it. A safer car certainly means easy driving, without worrying about any untoward incident.
So, which are the safest cars available in India today? Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme – an independent organisation which performs rigorous tests on cars and evaluates its safety), rates the following cars as high on features.
The car boasts of Anti-lock brakes (ABS – which prevents your car from skidding and enables you to steer car properly when you apply brakes suddenly), dual airbags (which protects driver and co-passenger in case of a crash), electronic brake force distribution (EBD – which varies the brake force applied to each wheel depending on speed, road conditions, thereby enabling you to steer efficiently).
A car’s safety not only accounts for the passengers, but also pedestrians. Ford Fiesta’s bumper has been designed to cause minimum damage to pedestrians, in case of a collision (let’s leave the technical part to auto engineers!).
The car is one of the safest in Indian roads. Apart from ABS (anti-lock braking system) and EBD (electronic brake force distribution), Honda Accord has 6 air bags for all passengers. It is also equipped with G-CON (G-Force Control Technology – which reduces danger to passengers and pedestrians on a collision, by spreading the impact to energy absorbing zones).
The safety features, bumper design, car’s structure collectively make it a secure 4-wheeler.
Skoda Fabia has dual airbags to protect the driver and co-passenger, in case of a collision. The hatchback has ABS, along with dual rate power brakes, electro-hydraulic power steering, MSR engine brake torque regulator, which helps you control the steering wheel effortlessly, in any situation and manoeuvre as you want.
Skoda Fabia also provides mountings for fitting special seats for kids, in the rear.
Like Accord, Honda CR-V safeguards passengers with 6 airbags – Dual Front Airbags, Curtain Airbags, and Side Airbags. The car also has Honda’s innovation – Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) which can automatically assess the size of passenger seat’s occupant and deploy air bags accordingly.
It also includes ABS, EBD and G-CON. In addition to that, the car is fitted with projector headlights for safer driving at nights.
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara
The car has the usual ABS, EBD and airbags as its safety features. Apart from that, it has Sure Stop Braking System (SSBD), which makes your car a whole lot safer preventing wheels from locking when you apply breaks suddenly. The car’s steering column is collapsible, in the event of an accident, making it even safer, for the driver.
The Grand Vitara contains all the elements of Suzuki Total Safety.
Maruti Suzuki Swift
Swift is designed so as to cause minimal deformation in case of an impact. The car rates high on security with ABS, EBD and dual airbags. Its seatbelts comes with load limiters and energy absorbing trim, which ensures that the passengers face minimum jerk on collision. In fact, seat belts are provided for all seating positions.
The car also has a child lock on rear doors.
Though every car is meticulously tested before it is displayed at showroom, a little extra features certainly can’t hurt! So, if you are looking to buy a new car this season, spare some thought for safety features. Safer car = secure you.
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