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Government suspends mandatory 6 airbag rules in India, Nitin Gadkari announces new date

The Indian government has postponed the implementation of the mandatory six airbag rule in vehicles. The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari made this announcement in a series of tweets. He said that the new rule to have minimum 6 airbags in cars will come into effect from October 01, 2023. The government had earlier issued a draft notification on January 14, 2022; Which makes mandatory 6 airbags for M1 category (up to 8 seats) vehicles manufactured after October 1, 2022.

Gadkari said, “The safety of all passengers traveling in motor vehicles is the most important priority, regardless of their cost and variants.” “Keeping in view the global supply chain constraints being faced by the auto industry and its impact on the macroeconomic scenario, it has been decided to implement the proposal mandating minimum 6 airbags in passenger cars (M-1 category) with effect from 01 October 2023. has been taken.” He added.

Some automakers have opposed the rule to make 6 airbags mandatory in vehicles, saying it will pass on the additional cost to customers, who are already disappointed with the recent price hike due to rising costs. On the other hand, some automakers have started offering standard 6 airbags in their new vehicles.

The government issued a draft notification on January 14, 2022, stating that M1 class vehicles manufactured after October 1, 2022, shall be fitted with two side/side torso airbags, one each for persons who are in the outboard seating position. are sitting on. and two side curtain/tube airbags, one each for outboard seating.

“Koshish toh hai (we are trying),” Nitin Gadkari said at a conference a month ago.

An airbag is a vehicle occupant-restraint system that intervenes between the driver and the vehicle’s dashboard during a collision, preventing serious injuries.

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