A crash test conducted by the Latin NCAP revealed that the Suzuki Swift sold in Latin American markets was manufactured in India and received a very poor zero-star safety rating. To protect adults, the car received a rating of 15.53 percent; however, for children, it received a rating of 0.
In a recent crash test, the Latin New Car Assessment Program (Latin NCAP) rated the Suzuki Swift sold in the region with a zero-star rating. The car tested by Latin NCAP is made in India, at Suzuki Motor Gujarat, the Japanese automaker’s manufacturing facility in Gujarat. To protect adults, the car received a rating of 15.53 percent; however, for children, it received a rating of 0. Pedestrian Protection and Vulnerable Track Users scored a respectable 66% for the car, but Security Assistance Systems scored only 7%.
This was due to poor side impact protection and an open door during the test, according to the Latin NCAP report. The car’s whiplash score was also low due to the lack of UN32 proof for the rear impact test, the lack of standard side head protection airbags, the lack of standard ESC, and Suzuki’s decision to not recommend CRS for the test. Due to door openings, it was determined that the car would not meet requirements set forth in UN95 Regulations When it comes to side body and head airbags and electronic stability control (ESC), the Swift in Europe comes standard with six airbags, while the model sold in Latin America does not.
Alejandro Furas, Latin NCAP’s Secretary General, said that, “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 epidemics 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”.
Maruti Suzuki India, and especially the Swift, has a chequered history when it comes to crash tests. When the Maruti Suzuki Swift was tested by Global NCAP in 2014, it received a zero-star safety rating. Even the base model didn’t come with airbags or ABS. If you are interested in purchasing a used vehicle that has been crash tested by Euro NCAP, please contact us at email@example.com. The standard version of the Swift received a 3-star rating from Euro NCAP, while the optional safety pack equipped version received a 4-star rating.
As a result of this, the Global NCAP re-tested the India-spec Swift in 2018 and awarded it 2 stars for adult occupant safety. In addition, the bodyshell of the Swift is unstable and cannot withstand additional loads, according to GNCAP. This year’s model had dual airbags, pretensioners for the seatbelts, and ISOFIX anchors, but it didn’t have 4-channel ABS, which is one of the reasons it received a poor rating from GNCAP.
A better safety rating was expected, given the new Swift’s history with crash tests conducted by a variety of other safety watchdogs, as well as the fact that the car is made in India. It’s possible, however, that this is due to the Latin NCAP’s recently updated testing policies, which were announced in June 2021. Currently, the NCAP evaluates the most basic safety equipped variant or the lowest safety specification is chosen across all markets, according to the report.