Minimum 6 airbags to be made mandatory in vehicles carrying up to 8 passengers: Gadkari

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In order to improve the safety of occupants of motor vehicles carrying up to 8 passengers, Nitin Gadkari approved a draft GSR notification to make a minimum of 6 airbags mandatory.



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The MoRTH will make 6 airbags mandatory in vehicles that can accommodate up to 8 passengers.

The Center will require automakers to provide a minimum of six airbags in motor vehicles that can carry up to 8 passengers for increased occupant safety, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Friday. In a series of tweets, the Minister of Road Transport and Highways declared that his ministry had already mandated the installation of the driver’s airbag as of July 1, 2019 and of the co-passenger front airbag as of July 1, 2019. January 2022.

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“In order to improve the safety of occupants of motor vehicles carrying up to 8 passengers, I have now approved a draft GSR notification to make a minimum of 6 airbags mandatory,” Gadkari said.

GSR here means general statutory rules.

He added that to minimize the impact of frontal and side collisions on occupants seated in the front and rear compartments, it was decided that 4 additional airbags would be mandatory in the category of M1 vehicles.

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“… that is, two side / side chest airbags and two side curtain / tube airbags covering all outboard passengers. This is a crucial step in making motor vehicles safer than never in India, ”he said.

According to Gadkari, this will ultimately ensure passenger safety in all segments, regardless of the cost / variant of the vehicle.

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