The most recent results of the New Car Assessment Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean, Latin NCAP, have been released. The Suzuki Swift, which is made in India, received a zero-star rating in the crash test.
The Suzuki Swift, which is manufactured in India and comes standard with two airbags, received zero stars. The popular compact car scored 15.53 per cent in the Adult Occupant category, 0% in the Child Occupant category, 66.07 per cent in the Pedestrian Protection and Vulnerable Road Users category, and 6.98 per cent in the Safety Assist category.
The Suzuki Swift received a Zero-Star rating in the Latin NCAP crash test due to poor side impact protection and an open door during the test, a low whiplash score due to the lack of UN32 proof for the rear impact test, a lack of standard side head protection airbags, a lack of standard ESC, and Suzuki’s decision not to recommend CRS for the test. Due to the door opening, this model would fail to meet the requirements of Regulation UN95.
The Suzuki Swift is sold in Europe with six airbags and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), but it is not available in Latin America with side body and head airbags or ESC as standard. Despite the well-known high injury risks of its use, the Latin American version of the hatchback retains a standard lap belt in the rear centre seating position.’
Speaking about the Zero-Star rating of Suzuki Swift in the Latin NCAP crash test, Alejandro Furas, Secretary-General of Latin NCAP, said, “It is disappointing and upsetting that such poor safety performances offered by Suzuki to Latin American consumers. Latin NCAP calls and encourages Suzuki to dramatically improve the model standard safety very soon. Latin American consumers are forced to pay more than the basic price to get to the same safety specs that Suzuki offers as standard in markets like Europe, and in some cases, they are not even available in Latin America and the Caribbean. Basic vehicle safety, which is standard in mature economies markets, is a right that Latin American consumers should claim without having to pay extra for them. These safety features act like vaccines for one of the most severe pandemics like road traffic injuries and fatalities. Consumers have the right to receive the same vaccine supplied anywhere else without having to pay more for it.”
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