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Government Makes Dual Airbags Mandatory For New Vehicles

The mandate will be applicable on new cars from April 1, and existing cars from August 31, 2021.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has announced its decision to make passenger-side airbags mandatory on new cars. The MortH announced in a gazette notice the new rule that requires all new vehicles to have dual frontal airbags as standard equipment as of April 1, 2021. Existing vehicles also must be sold with dual airbags from August 31, 2021.

The notice also indicated that the mandate was an important safety feature and is also based on suggestions from the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety. Road safety advocates have long advocated the need for front dual airbags, and they will be extremely useful on entry-level cars that often lose a safety feature in the basic trim. However, the prices of these variants are expected to experience a marginal revision as a result.

The notification further stated that the airbag must comply with AIS 145 as specified by the Bureau of Standards of India (BIS).

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