Indian carmaker's compact sedan offering in the country, the Tata Zest, has scored 4-star safety rating in Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) crash test. In the test, two Tata Zest variants were tested, one without airbags and the other with dual front airbags. Model without the airbags scored zero rating and one star for child occupant protection. The car manufacturer got another opportunity from Global NCAP and tested the compact sedan with optional dual front airbags. The Zest with front airbags passed the test by scoring 4-stars in adult occupant protection and 2-stars in child occupant protection. These tests were conducted as part of the #SaferCarsforIndia campaign.
David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP said, “Tata has shown how they can dramatically improve the safety of the Zest. It is encouraging to see a major Indian brand improving the safety of their models. We strongly encourage Indian consumers to opt for the much safer four stars rated option. We also urge Tata to consider making the two airbags version of the Zest their basic model.”
Rohit Baluja, President of the Institute of Road Traffic Education said: “Moving the Zest from zero to four stars is a significant achievement, and we are very happy that changes they have made to the vehicle structure will be adopted on all versions of the vehicle. The concept of Star rating should not be limited to compliance, but should be taken as the challenge of producing a safe vehicle which would have the ability of supporting the avoidance of a crash and, on the other side, limiting the injury to vehicle occupants and that of people outside the vehicle in case of a crash. This challenge demonstrated by Tata Motors would set yet another example in Indian automobile industry, and would ultimately lead to a consumer awakening towards choosing safer vehicles.”
Before the second test was conducted, Tata Motors made changes to the entire Zest range by improving the structural ability of the car and equipped the vehicle with two optional airbags, two pretensioners for the seat belts and a driver's seat belt reminder. The carmaker has also enhanced the safety of the rear seat by improving the rear seat child restraint system. These improvements will be made available soon.