NCAP tests have been becoming exceedingly popular with Indian audiences who have now started to wake up to the prospect of safer cars as compared to just well equipped cars. We all remember the frenzy that came about after the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Alto and the Tata Nano was tested. The latest car to be tested by the Latin NCAP is the Chevrolet Sail sedan and sadly, the results are not encouraging. The Sail sedan has been given a zero-star rating when it comes to safety standings.
The biggest worry is that test report mentions that the protection offered to the driver’s head was poor which could result in possibly fatal consequences. Also the chest protection was poor due to the high deflection and contact with steering wheel. The car scored zero star in the Adult Occupant Safety (AOS) and two stars in Child Occupant Safety (COS) due to the fact that the Sail comes with anchor points.
The vehicle that was tested was without airbags. It is the second car from Chevrolet’s line-up in recent times to score a zero rating. The Chevrolet Aveo also got a zero-star rating in late 2015. The Latin NCAP has said that the General Motors, parent company of Chevrolet, has one of the worst safety ratings in the world which in turn invoked a sharp response from NCAP officials.
Maria Fernanda Rodriguez, Latin NCAP President said, "I am shocked that we keep finding zero star Chevrolets in the Latin American market. Whilst other manufacturers have shown improvement over the course of the last five years, GM models continue to disappoint. Latin NCAP is committed to bring safer cars to Latin America and we will keep testing, informing consumers, and highlighting GM's as well as other car manufacturer's shortfalls until change is effected".
David Ward, Global NCAP Secretary General said, "Two years ago GM announced a 'Speak Up for Safety' program billed as an important step toward embedding a customer and safety-centered culture in every aspect of the business. Global NCAP warmly welcomes these commitments but believes that they now must have practical application in Latin America and in other emerging automotive markets."
As cars get quicker, speed limits across the world get higher, autonomous driving just around the corner, we think manufacturers must concentrate their efforts on making cars safer across the board. Smaller entry level cars in particular (like the Chevrolet Sail sedan) that form the bulk of sales across the world have to be paid more attention to (especially for countries like India and Brazil that have bad safety records).