Maruti Suzuki Swift scores zero safety rating in Latin NCAP
New Delhi : The Latin New Car Assessment Programme or Latin NCAP recently conducted their test on the new Maruti Suzuki Swift and to the shock it has scored zero safety ratings. The major thing here is that the car tested was a made-in-India version.
The car received a 15.53 per cent rating for adult occupant protection, while the same for child occupant protection was 0 per cent.
Explaining zero ratings for the car, the agency mentioned in its report, that the poor figures are due to the poor side impact protection and an open door during the test. The car's whiplash score was also low due to the lack of UN32 prove for the rear impact test, lack of standard side head protection airbags, lack of standard ESC and the decision of Suzuki of not recommending CRS for the test. It also said that the car would not pass Regulation UN95 requirements due to door opening.
Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Latin NCAP said, "Basic vehicle safety, which is standard in mature economies markets, is a right that Latin American consumers should claim without having to pay extra for them. These safety features act like vaccines for one of the most severe pandemics like road traffic injuries and fatalities. Consumers have the right to receive the same vaccine supplied anywhere else without having to pay more for it".
Maruti's Swift has been often criticized for its poor built quality. Back in 2014 it had scored zero ratings then came the new gen Swift which managed 2-star ratings and now again the car has come down to zero ratings.
Maruti Suzuki has not commented on the Latin NCAP result so far.