The Indian government has been very particular about crash safety norms. While a driver airbag, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors and front seat belt reminders are a norm since April 2019, recently pedestrian protection was also taken into account. Nonetheless, while Indian auto makers have complied, Global NCAP thinks otherwise. The India-made Maruti Suzuki Ertiga was recently crash tested and it scored only three stars. Here is a break-up of how.
How did the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga get three stars?
The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga is built on a new Heartect platform that Maruti claims is 30 per cent more rigid than before. This platform also underpins several other cars in the Maruti Suzuki fold. Maruti has provided the car with dual airbags even in the base version (one that was crash tested). This ensured that the grown-up crash protection was 9.25 out of the 17 available. As far as child occupant protection is concerned, the car scored three stars that is 25 points out of 49.
Global NCAP noted that the driver as well as passenger head and chest were adequately protected. The passenger’s chest showed good protection while that of the driver was marginal. Both driver and passenger knees showed marginal protection as they could have an impact with the dangerous protrusion behind the dashboard. The Ertiga’s body shell too was rated as unstable and any further crashes would mean a mangled car. It was also noted that the passenger pretensioner didn’t work properly.
ISOFIX tethers too are standard with the Ertiga and hence for a child below three years, the protection was good. Global NCAP said that if there were three point seat belts for all the rows, the score would have been better. For an 18-month old child, the protection was a tad poor though.
The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga’s competitor, the Mahindra Marazzo scored four stars in the tests conducted earlier this year. The Marazzo too has all the features that are provided with the Ertiga but weighs more.