The road transport ministry has proposed mandatory installation of six airbags in all cars with seating capacity of up to eight people from October this year.
The move, irrespective of cost and variant, was announced by Union minister Nitin Gadkari. Aimed at improving the safety of passengers in the rear seats, it will push up the cost by Rs 8,000-Rs 10,000 per vehicle.
“To minimise the impact of frontal and lateral collisions to the occupants seated in both front and rear compartments, it has been decided that four additional airbags be mandated in the M1 (cars) vehicle category: two side/ side torso airbags and two side curtain/ tube airbags covering all outboard passengers,” Gadkari tweeted.
The auto industry wasn’t pleased with the plan.