India-made Renault Kwid fails ASEAN NCAP crash tests

Renault is back in the news for the safety rating of its vehicles. The Renault Kwid has failed the crash tests conducted by ASEAN NCAP. The safety organisation has accorded the Kwid zero stars out of five for its crash worthiness. Going by the organisation’s score chart, the Indonesian-spec Renault Kwid scored 24.68 points out of a total of 75 points. The Indonesian-spec car is imported from Renault’s Oragadam factory in India.

Renault offers the Kwid with a driver side airbag. This is the norm even with Indian cars. There is no seatbelt warning, passenger airbag, ABS with EBD or height adjustable seat belts. ISOFIX child seat mounting points too have been given a skip. ASEAN NCAP says that this is the first time that they are assessing a Renault model and are truly disappointed given the lack of safety measures by the French manufacturer. There are three categories on which ASEAN NCAP judged the Kwid. First was the Adult Occupation Protection or AOP where based on its frontal crash tests, the Kwid got 10.12 points while in the Child Occupant Protection or COP, the Kwid got 14.56 points. It didn’t get any points in the Safety Assist Technologies or SAT test.

If you remember, this isn’t the first time that Renault has come in for flak for not giving the Kwid safety technologies. In 2016, the India-made Kwid failed crash tests conducted by Global NCAP. At that time, the French carmaker said that GNCAP should also consider the Indian safety regulations and the Kwid definitely meets all of them. At the same time, for the Brazilian market,  the Kwid was beefed up and got four airbags, ABS and a host of safety technology. The car weighed nearly 80kg more than the Kwid made here.

It is likely that Renault will start offering the Kwid with more safety technology come 2019. This is the year when safety technology like dual airbags, ABS, speed limiter and reverse parking sensors will be standard across cars. Will Renault wait till then or introduce it now? Let us know in the comments section below.

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