April 20, 2021

From April, new automobiles should have airbag for entrance passenger seat

(This story initially appeared in on Mar 06, 2021)

New fashions of all automobiles should present airbags for the entrance passenger seat from April 1 whereas all current fashions will be offered after August 31 this 12 months, solely after being fitted with this security gear.

This obligatory provision was notified by the highway transport ministry on Tuesday.

“This has been mandated as an necessary security characteristic, and can also be primarily based on the options of the Supreme Courtroom Committee on Highway Security,” the ministry mentioned.

TOI had on December 20 first reported on this proposal.

Just lately, highway transport minister Nitin Gadkari had mentioned security options reminiscent of airbags had been being made obligatory throughout all variants of automobiles and regardless of their value.

Airbags for drivers have been made obligatory in all automobiles since July 1, 2019. Only one airbag for the motive force is insufficient because it leaves the co-passenger within the entrance seat weak to severe damage, and even loss of life, in case of a crash.