The crash result for the Nissan Micra has been released by the Latin NCAP. The Nissan Micra has scored one star for adult occupant protection and two stars for child occupant protection according to the tests of the New Car Assessment Programme, NCAP for the Caribbean and the Latin America. This hatchback model is manufactured in Mexico and Brazil and is on sale in the American markets. The Nissan March which is on sale in the Indian markets is equivalent to the Nissan Micra hatchback available in the American markets and many other International markets.
The Nissan Micra has undergone both frontal and lateral impact tests. Because of its weak body shell inspite of featuring dual air bags the car allowed more than the permitted level of collision force to seep to the passengers in the frontal impact tests. The passenger chest received slight protection but effective damage was still done, this was the part of lateral impact test. The driver’s knees would get some protection but it was considered insufficient by the NCAP. The passengers’ knee too were offered poor protection. The missed out to offer ISOFIX for child anchorage during a crash which depicts that the child had to placed in the seats using the adult seatbelts which could not impart a significant security. The Nissan Micra even missed out the seatbelt reminders, which is considered as a bad point in the NCAP tests. Therefore all these negative points have resulted in low score by the Nissan Micra in the NCAP tests this year.
The Nissan Micra does not feature systems like autonomous driving and the electric stability programme. These are expensive important systems and with the introduction of such systems the car will see a price hike. Therefore if the National Government offers tax incentives for installing the safety system, it will be helpful for the buyer as well as the mafacturer.
Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Latin NCAP, said, “It is encouraging to find more compact models with good child occupant protection and with the potential good adult passenger protection as standard, the low levels of protection offered by top sellers like the Nissan March still remains a concern. Governments should encourage and promote star rating for all cars sold in their markets to speed up the change to safer cars. Governments should encourage and create incentives to cars with active safety technologies like ESC and Autonomous Emergency Braking systems in order to shift the safety levels of new cars sold in the region, and to line up with global requirements.”
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