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Kwid, Celerio, Eeco, Scorpio and Eon fail crash test
The latest Indian crash test results from Global NCAP released on Tuesday continue to disappoint with all five models rated as zero star. The Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio and Hyundai Eon all showed low levels of adult occupant protection.
 
"The latest SaferCarsforIndia results show how important it is for cars to have a body shell that can remain stable in a crash. This is an absolutely crucial pre-requisite for occupant safety together with fitment at least of front air bags. It is very surprising that a manufacturer like Renault introduced the Kwid initially lacking this essential feature. Global NCAP strongly believes that no manufacturer anywhere in the world should be developing new models that are so clearly sub-standard. Car makers must ensure that their new models pass the UN’s minimum crash test regulations, and support use of an airbag," says David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP.
 
He said, the results highlight the importance of the Indian Government’s decision to mandate front and side impact crash tests from October 2017. "Legislative action is needed to ensure that the minimum levels of occupant protection recommended by the United Nations are guaranteed for Indian consumers. But manufacturers don’t have to wait for legislation and we urge them to act to eliminate all zero star cars from production as soon as possible," he added.
 
Here are the detailed crash test results
 
 
 
 
Global NCAP says it tested the standard version of the Kwid without airbags. The car scored zero stars in adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection. The collapse of the structure in the passenger compartment and the lack of airbags explained the poor result.
 
Renault then asked Global NCAP to test updated versions of the Kwid in production. The car was tested with and without an airbag.
 
    
The new Kwid without an airbag scored zero stars in the adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection. The new Kwid with the addition of driver airbag was also tested. This version also scored zero stars in the adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection.
 
Renault has confirmed with Global NCAP that the company will implement further improvements to the KWID and Global NCAP will test these new evolutions in forthcoming crash tests. 
 
 
 
Mahindra Scorpio scored zero stars in the adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection. The collapse of the structure combined with the lack of airbags explains the score for the adult occupants protection which means that there is high probability of life threatening injuries for at least one of the adult passengers.
 
 
 
The non-airbag Eeco scored zero stars in the adult occupant protection and one star in child occupant protection. The collapse of the structure in the passenger compartment and the lack of airbags explained the poor result in adult occupant protection. This model does not offer optional airbags. Considering the structural collapse airbags are not likely to help avoid life threatening injuries to the driver.
 
 
 
The Hyundai Eon is offered in the standard version without airbags. It scored zero stars in the adult occupant protection and two stars in child occupant protection. The unstable structure in the passenger compartment and the lack of airbags explained the poor result in adult occupant protection.
 
 
 
The non-airbag Maruti Suzuki Celerio scored zero stars in adult occupant protection and one star in child occupant protection. The lack of airbags explained the poor result in adult occupant protection.
 
The low score in child occupant protection is explained by the high values recorded in the three year old child dummy as well as its forward excursion beyond the accepted limits.

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ujjwal malik

9 months ago

I guess there is no safe car under priced below 10 lakhs in India. The only safety feature provided by Maruti etc in their cars is a framed photo of Lord Ganesha.

Ratan Tata invests in medical response startup app company
Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of Tata Sons, has made an investment in the US-based medical emergency response start-up app company, MUrgency Inc., founded by a Keralite.
 
"Tata's involvement is an affirmation of the importance of a reliable emergency medical response network," said company founder Shaffi Mather, who has served briefly as an economic advisor to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. 
 
Ratan Tata wanted MUrgency to launch and grow the network in India first before taking it overseas, Mather said, adding the investment will help attract talent to the company and partnerships beyond India.
 
MUrgency will use the proceeds of the funding to augment technology and scale up operations besides leveraging Tata's experience and network to develop the emergency response network globally, he said.
 
The company launched its service in February in the TriCity (Chandigarh-Mohali-Panchkula) area of Punjab and Haryana with a responder network of 36 hospital emergency rooms, over 40 ambulances and over 350 medical professionals.
 
MUrgency plans to launch its service in Amritsar and Jalandhar by the end of this month and cover entire state of Punjab by June.
 
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Opposing merger with SBI, unions in associate banks to strike work on 20th May
Opposing the decision of boards of directors of five associate banks of State Bank of India (SBI) to close down and merge with SBI, the All India Bank Employees' Association (AIBEA) has called a strike on May 20.
 
In a statement on Tuesday, AIBEA said it has called an all-India strike in the five SBI associate banks -- State Bank of Travancore (SBT), State Bank of Mysore (SBM), State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH), State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ), and State Bank of Patiala (SBP) -- on May 20.
 
According to AIBEA, at the board meetings of the five SBI associate banks held in Mumbai on Tuesday, an agenda was brought to close down the associate banks and for acquisition by SBI.
 
"Despite opposition and protest by all the AIBEA's Workman Directors and a few other independent directors about the proposal and the procedure adopted, the resolution has been approved in this regard," the statement said.
 
"It is shameful that when the government is talking of corporate governance and good governance, board agenda is brought without intimation on such a serious matter and decision is taken," AIBEA added.
 
According to the statement, the decision of the five banks is not in consonance with what Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had suggested to the union at their meeting on March 23 and April 25 this year.
 
"He opined that all the five banks can be made into one single entity. But what SBI and the Associate Banks are trying to do is the opposite to what the FM (finance minister) had suggested," AIBEA said.
 
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TIHARwale

9 months ago

only workman directors are opposing this move as their seats will become redundant as and when merger happens

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