At least 6 airbags will be made mandatory in vehicles that can carry up to 8 passengers: Gadkari

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In order to improve the safety of occupants of motor vehicles carrying up to 8 passengers, Nitin Gadkari has approved a draft GSR notification to make a minimum of 6 airbags mandatory.



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MoRTH will make 6 airbags mandatory in vehicles with up to 8 passengers.

The Center will require car manufacturers to provide a minimum of six airbags in motor vehicles carrying up to 8 passengers for enhanced occupant safety, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Friday. In a series of tweets, the Minister of Road Transport and Highways said that his ministry had already mandated the installation of the driver’s airbag from July 1, 2019 and the front passenger airbag from January 1, 2022 .

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“In order to improve the safety of occupants of motor vehicles carrying up to 8 passengers, I have now approved a draft GSR notification to mandate a minimum of 6 airbags,” Gadkari said.

GSR here stands for General Statutory Rules.

He added that to minimize the impact of frontal and side collisions on occupants seated in the front and rear compartments, it has been decided that 4 additional airbags are mandatory in the M1 vehicle category.

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“…i.e. two side/side torso airbags and two curtain/side tube airbags covering all outboard passengers. This is a crucial step in making motor vehicles in India more sure as ever,” he said.

According to Gadkari, this will ultimately ensure passenger safety across all segments, regardless of vehicle cost/variant.

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