Another Maruti Suzuki Car was tested by the Global NCAP for driver and passenger safety. This time it was the small hatchback Ignis. Well, the last time it was the Vitara Brezza which was put under the test and scored 4 stars rating.
The Suzuki Ignis scored 3-star rating for adult passengers and a mere one star for the child occupation protection. The car was equipped with ABS, dual airbags, ISOFIX mounts, and seat belt pre-tensioners as standard. In fact, the car was made at Maruti Suzuki’s plant in Gurugram and exported to Africa. The test was done at a speed of 64km/h.
Further explaining the car was rated unstable and has weak chest protection for the driver. Protection around the knees was rated as ‘marginal’ and could be damaged by ‘impact in the dangerous area behind the facia supported by the transfacia tube’. About the knee, protection along with the footwell area was found to be sufficient. The Ignis was found to be not capable of withstanding any further loads.
The child protection was the one lacking very behind. 1-star rating, gathering only 8 points out of 49 points. Suzuki also does not recommend a Child Restraint System (CRS), so the CRS used by the Global NCAP was not sufficient enough to give protection to a three-year-old child dummy. The car was weighed 1,092kg, additional weight is due to the crash test dummies and equipment inside the car. The Kerb weight is the same as the Indian car at 860kgs.
With India manufacturers such as Tata and Mahindra scoring full 5-stars and 4-stars rating respectively in the Global NCAP, Maruti needs to up its game and use stronger materials. Though with upcoming safety norms as standard cars in India are becoming more safer. Below is the full video of the test conducted by Global NCAP.