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Renault Duster base variant gets zero stars in Global NCAP’s crash testing

LiveMint logoLiveMint 10-05-2017 Amrit Raj

New Delhi: The base variant of the Renault Duster, which lacks airbags, recorded zero star for adult occupant protection, according to crash tests conducted by UK-based vehicle safety assessor Global NCAP.

Due to the lack of airbags, driver injuries would have been unacceptably high in case of a crash, Global NCAP said in a statement. The Duster scored 2 stars for rear seat child occupant protection.

Following the test, Renault asked Global NCAP to test a version of the Duster, which included a single driver airbag. “This increased the score to 3 stars for adult occupant protection; child protection remained the same at 2 stars,” Global NCAP said.

Global NCAP said Duster’s single airbag version for Latin America was tested by Latin NCAP in 2015 where it scored 4 stars. It was found that the Indian Duster’s airbag was smaller than that of the Latin American Duster.

“The difference in airbag size brings corresponding differences in protection. With the Indian Duster, the head of the driver did not contact the airbag in the centre as it should, exposing the head to impact on the steering wheel and therefore more risk of injuries.

“This can be seen when the head reaches maximum front excursion and compresses the airbag. The Latin American Duster airbag on the other hand was a larger size and covered the head and chest of the driver. With the head in maximum forward excursion the airbag still shows containment to the head protecting it from the steering wheel,” Global NCAP said.

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