Dual airbags compulsory for new cars from April 1

In an effort to ensure the safety of passengers, The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways issued a notification making it compulsory for new models of all cars to have airbags installed for the front passenger seat from April 1 while all existing models can be sold after August 31 this year, only after being fitted with this safety gear.

Issuing the order on March 5, the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said, “The Ministry has issued a Gazette notification regarding the mandatory provision of an airbag for passengers seated on the front seat of a vehicle, next to the driver. This has been mandated as an important safety feature and is also based on suggestions of the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety.”

The Ministry has mandated that “Vehicles manufactured on and after April 1, 2021, in the case of new models, and August 31, 2021, in the case of existing models, shall be fitted with airbags for the person occupying the front seat, other than the driver.”

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Life-saving airbags for drivers have been made mandatory in all cars since July 1, 2019. In case of a crash, the co-passenger in the front seat is vulnerable to serious injury, or even death. The recent announcement comes to improve the safety of co-passenger in the front seat in cars. An airbag pops up as a protective cushion between the passenger and the car’s dashboard during a collision.