Indian cars getting Zero ratings on Global NCAP’s safety tests is an issue that was much debated over 2016. With the recently launched #SaferCarsForIndia campaign, the sub-four meter Zest from Tata Motors has now bagged a remarkable 4-star rating from Global NCAP, making it one of the safest cars in its segment – thanks to some necessary steps by the manufacturer’s engineering team.
Earlier, the Zest had scored a zero star rating for adult occupancy protection and an equally disappointing one star rating for child protection. Following Global NCAP’s offer to Indian automakers to take the test again, Tata Motors made structural changes to a variant of the car that features airbags and two additional pretensioners. The Zest with these modifications included managed a huge improvement over its previous result and ended up scoring 4 stars when tested recently. In addition to driver safety which also included a seatbelt reminder for the driver, Tata also brought in child restraint systems on the tested Zest which enabled a 2-star score for child protection.
Tata Motors officially announced that following the successful results, the structural changes will soon be incorporated onto both airbag and non-airbag variants of production. Global NCAP has meanwhile also encouraged Tata Motors to make dual airbags standard all the way down from the base variant onwards.
It’s definitely a step in the right direction – especially after various Indian auto manufacturers having shown in bad light for producing vehicles that have scored zero ratings in Global NCAP tests. There is no official word on the timelines for when the updated Zests will be hitting the market though.
Ed: Congratulations, Tata Motors! Now let us remind you of that time we made our own ‘modifications’ to the Tata Zest!