VIDEO: Zero-Star Crash Tests are Horrific

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Zero -Star Crash Test India

There are all sorts of factors we consider when buying a car. It needs to get good fuel economy, have plenty of room for passengers, and it needs to be safe. Safety comes in many forms from airbags to autonomous features like emergency braking. There are also crash test ratings and now you can see what it looks like when a car completely fails those tests.

In the US, the two big sources for these rating are the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). They crash test cars several different ways to evaluate how vehicles will handle the most common types of crashes.

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The ratings issued by NHTSA are from one to five stars while the IIHS issues their ratings on a scale of Good, Acceptable, Marginal, and Poor. Automakers work hard to ensure good results on these tests because they’re often the dealbreaker when it comes time to buy a new car. No one wants a car that scores low on either scale.

Outside the US, there are different agencies that test cars and there are also different safety regulations. What is acceptable in one country might not be legal in another and the US isn’t always ahead of the pack. Notably, our regulations regarding headlights don’t account for newer technologies that involve lasers. This keeps advanced lighting off our roads. Head to Europe, however, and that same technology is legal.

According to Jalopnik, India has particularly lax safety regulations and recently had five vehicles tested by the Global New Car Assessment Program score zero out of five stars for adult safety. Scores were a bit better for child safety, but they’re still cringe-worthy. Global NCAP is a London-based organization that aims to encourage safer cars in developing markets.

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To that end, they tested seven cars and failed the Renault Kwid, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Maruti Suzuki Eeco, Mahindra Scorpio, and Hyundai Eon. Not one of these cars includes airbags, which is something we take for granted in the US. It’s hard to watch the video and not cringe when the driver’s head smacks into the steering wheel.

The most frightening part is that these cars are perfectly legal, are available for sale and are even quite popular in India. Everyone knows airbags save lives, but since they aren’t required and add to a vehicle’s cost, you won’t find them as standard features. Instead, they’re optional and sometimes only on pricier cars. One look at this video proves they’re a safety feature worth every cent.