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An interim order by Guwahati High Court to ban the launch of small cars that fail to meet crash-test norms in Assam has come as a major setback for the carmakers in the country, while the Indian automobile industry is still searching for a revival mode. In response to petitions that appealed to make cars safer, the Court ordered that the sale of all small cars that weigh under 1500 kgs and don’t meet the crash test norms and must be stopped.
Further the court said, the order will not impact SUVs that are bigger and have capacity to absorb impact during a crash. The state transport authority has asked car dealers to stop selling products that fail to meet the crash-test norms.
As a matter of fact, the northeastern states account for about 12 per cent of total car sales in India, and Assam is the largest contributor in that. The petitioners said that crash tests such as the Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) that are followed in developed markets should be applied to cars sold in Assam as well because of higher safety standards needed in mountainous regions.
Cars in India are required to pass the frontal crash test norms which is also known as steering impact test to be able to manufacture and sell cars. And stricter front offset crash tests would begin in India as well, but not before 2017.
“The Centre is directed not to permit the auto manufacturers to release and sell the small four-wheelers with a mass up to 1,500 kg and cars without putting them to crash test and emission test,” the court said.
The Sale and the registration of the popular models such as Maruti Suzuki’s Alto, Swift, Hyundai Eon, Honda Motor Company, New Jazz 2015, which does not comply the crash test requirements have been stopped in Assam.