In a very serious recommendation to Nissan India, global safety regulator NCAP has asked the car maker to withdraw its hatchback model, Datsun Go from the Indian market citing poor safety standards. In a letter to Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault – Nissan, the Chairman of Global NCAP, Max Mosely said, “It is extremely disappointing that Nissan has authorised the launch of a brand new model that is so clearly sub-standard. As presently engineered, the Datsun Go will certainly fail to pass the United Nation’s frontal impact regulation. In these circumstances I would urge Nissan to withdraw the Datsun Go from sale in India pending an urgent redesign of the car’s body shell.”
Mosely further added, “Given Carlos Ghosn’s responsibilities as Chairman and CEO of Nissan and President of the European Car Manufacturers Association, he should now demonstrate leadership both in Nissan and on behalf of the vehicle industry generally that corresponds to the UN’s legitimate expectation that automobile safety should be improved during the Decade of Action.”
As reported earlier this week, Datsun Go failed miserably to clear the collision test at the ADAC crash-testing facility in Landsberg, Germany and received a minimal rating of zero stars. Results showed that none of the variants of the Datsun Go have safety features like airbags and anti-lock braking system. The report also suggested that due to the car’s unstable body shell lacking structural integrity, the addition of airbags too would not make any difference to the safety.
Datsun Go was not the only car to receive a zero star rating in NCAP’s crash test. India’s Maruti Swift was another model that received a zero star safety rating from NCAP. Earlier this year, NCAP also gave Tata Nano, Maruti Alto 800, Ford Figo, Volkswagen Polo and Hyundai i10 a zero-star adult protection rating. But this is for the first time that the rating agency has recommended a manufacturer to withdraw the model completely due to zero star safety score.
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Source: Global NCAP