It’s raining safety stars for made-in-India cars. Coming on the back of recent tests of Tata Altroz premium hatchback which scored five stars and the Mahindra XUV300 SUV which also aced the Global NCAP crash test, the latest cars to get a strong safety rating are the Tata Tigor sedan and Tiago hatchback. They achieve four stars for adult occupant protection and three stars for child occupant protection. Last year, the Tata Nexon SUV had notched a five-star safety rating.
Global NCAP chose the entry-level version of this model. Commenting on the latest tests, David Ward, CEO and president of Global NCAP said, “Another solid result from Tata with the Tigor and Tiago. It’s clear that excelling in Global NCAP’s assessments has become an essential requirement for India’s automakers who are now leading the way in our crashworthiness league table.”
The Tigor/Tiago achieved four stars for adult occupant protection and three stars for child occupant protection. The Tigor was the model tested (the Tiago and Tigor are the same car in the front and passenger compartment).
The Tigor/Tiago offers 2 frontal airbags as standard. Its structure and its footwell area were rated as unstable. Head and neck protection for adult occupants was good. Chest protection for passenger was adequate and marginal for the driver. Femur and knees showed marginal protection as there is risk of contracting dangerous structures behind the fascia. The child seat for the 3-year-old was installed FWF with the adult seatbelt and support leg and was able to prevent excessive forward movement during the impact, protecting the head and offering fair protection to the chest. The 18-month-old CRS was installed using the adult belt and support leg rearward facing and the protection offered to the one-and-a-half-year-old dummy was good. The Tigor/Tiago does not offer three-point belt in all seating positions and does not offer ISOFIX anchorages. The car does not offer the possibility of disconnecting the passenger airbag in case a rearward facing CRS needs to be installed in the front passenger seat.
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