Order for double airbags in existing vehicles forced to December


The Road Transport Ministry has postponed the compulsory insertion of the double airbags for fore seats in existing car models by four months, that is to December 2021. It was said by a senior government official because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In the current situation, this is mandatory to only the driver’s seat airbag for existing models of cars. the official said on condition of anonymity. The senior official pointed out on the condition of anonymity, that this decision was because of the circumstances of the existing Covid-19 pandemic situation. The ministry has marked the delay of mandatory installation of front travellers airbags in the existing car models till 31 December 2021.

Lastly, the ministry had suggested 1 April 2021 as the date for execution of the proceeds for new models, while it was forced to 1 June 2021 for existing car models. In the meeting, the official added that the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has already asked for time for new models and it will be mandatory to install the dual airbags.

The road transport ministry on March 6 had pointed out that vehicles assembled on and after 1 April 2021, in the case of recent models, and 31 August 2021, in the case of already existing models must be installed with an airbag for the man he or she is seating in the front seat, other than the driver. Then the officials added that this move is aimed at enhancing passenger safety in case of an accident. That is airbags decrease the chance that the passenger’s upper body or head will beat the vehicle’s interior during an accident. And it helped the passengers for a safe and happy journey. These are the manufacture of a flexible fabric bag, an airbag cushion, an inflation module and an impact sensor. With the combination of seat belts, the airbags function best and travel to make sure that you are seating in the vehicle in the best manner.

As mentioned earlier the ministry had proposed 1 April 2021 as the date for installation then it was pushed to 1 June 2021 for existing models. In December 2020, the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations (FADA) stated that since the government’s scheme to make dual front airbags compulsory would move to a rise in price, in consequence, the vehicle manufacturers should hold the major hike in costs to restrict the effect on sales.

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