Toyota will become the first car manufacturer in India to voluntarily make anti-lock braking system (ABS) a standard fitment in all its locally made vehicles, starting from 2016-17, although a more specific time-frame hasn’t yet been mentioned. This development follows the Japanese manufacturer’s earlier move to equip all it’s Indian cars with airbags in October 2014. Volkswagen too has made airbags a standard fitment in all its cars in India.
N Raja, director and senior vice president for sales and marketing at Toyota Kirloskar said to ETAuto – “The new safety regulations are likely to be enforced by 2017 and further norms towards pedestrian safety are also likely to be implemented by the end of the decade. Our current initiative will not only offer a safer car to our buyers, but also give us an edge against the competition,”
Every year, India accounts for 1.4 lakh deaths caused by road accidents, one of the highest fatality rates in the world. As we all know, economy cars sold here deliberately skimp on basic safety features like ABS and airbags to keep costs down, and the new Bharat Safety rules that will mandate side and frontal crash testing at 56 kilometers per hour in line with European rules are only going to be put to effect by April of 2017.
When BS rules take effect, Toyota also plans to crash test its locally produced cars using the THUMS (Total Human Model for Safety) model. By crash testing with a humanoid on board, the force of impact on body parts like bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and internal organs can be evaluated.