Forget luxury, comfort and a potpourri of all dazzling features; for its safety and security that must come first and foremost in cars. What do you reckon?
The above stands true especially if you are vary of some mind-boggling numbers concerning road accidents and mishaps. For instance, just how many of us are aware of the sheer number of fatalities that strike each year, on an average, owing to road accidents?
Believe it nor not, but there’s a strong reason as to why starting the month of April, there’ll be a certain requirement for all cars to be sold in India. Cars in India, from April onward will be required to have dual airbags- did you know?
And just glimpsing at a single statistic pertaining to the global figure of traffic accidents helps one understand as to why this pre-requisite has been put into place.
Turns out that, approximately 1.35 million people die each year all across the world owing to traffic or road accidents. Anyone looking for a scary statistic doesn’t have to look anywhere else other than this eye-popping number!
And coming to the system of dual airbags, it’s the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways that has instituted the new rule for cars to be sold starting the month of April, 2021.
Here’s what the notice from the end of MoRTH had to say:
Ministry has issued Gazette notification regarding mandatory provision of an airbag for passenger seated on front seat of a vehicle, next to driver. This has been mandated as an important safety feature & is also based on suggestions of Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety.
A news report, elaborating the story from Gaadiwaadi happened to share the following on the important development that beckons everyone’s attention:
MoRTH’s notification also says that the mandate is an important safety feature, and is also based on the suggestions of the Supreme Court Committee on road safety. While all new cars that will be launched after April 1 this year have to be offered with dual frontal airbags, existing vehicles will be required to be sold with dual airbags from August 31, 2021.
In many ways, one reckons the vital change introduced by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is very crucial, especially in a country like India where accidents (several of them being fatal) are such a common site.
Therefore, to conclude, the key role played by safety mustn’t be underplayed, and should, therefore, necessarily feature in anyone’s choice when considering the purchase of a new car. Nothing else can or will suffice!