Tata Punch Becomes India’s Safest Car – Global NCAP Scores
The upcoming Tata Punch Becomes India’s Safest Car. The new Tata Punch has achieved a five-star rating for adult occupant protection and four stars for child occupant protection in the Global NCAP’s latest #SaferCarsForIndia crash tests. The Punch’s body shell has been rated stable, and the car has scored an impressive 16.45 out of a total of 17 points for Adult Occupant Safety. This makes the Punch the highest-rated car in all crash tests Global NCAP has conducted under its Safer Cars For India programme till date.
The Tata Punch even scored very impressively for Child Occupant Protection with 4 Stars. The Tata Punch’s score here was the best yet for a made in India car crash tested by Global NCAP, at 40.89 of a total of 49 points. As per Global NCAP, the Tata Punch was tested in the most basic safety specification, fitted with two airbags, ABS brakes and ISOFIX anchorages. Global NCAP also advised that the Tata Punch can be further improved by equipping the model with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), side head impact protection systems as standard, and safer three-point seat belts in all five seating positions.
Tata Punch Adult Safety
Talking about adult protection, the protection offered to the driver and passenger’s head and neck was good. The driver and passenger’s chest and knees showed good protection. The bodyshell was rated as stable and it was capable of withstanding further loadings. The footwell area was rated as stable. The car offers standard Seat Belt Reminders (SBR) for driver and passenger. Also, in addition to the front offset deformable barrier (ODB) test, the Punch was also subjected to a side impact test in order for it to qualify for a full, 5-star safety rating. The car passed the UN95 side impact test, it has front passengers SBR that pass the requirements to achieve a 5-star safety rating and it even offers a 4-channel ABS as standard.
Tata Punch Child Safety
Talking about child protection, the child seat for the 3-year-old and 1.5 year old were installed rearward facing with ISOFIX connectors and support leg. The CRS was able to prevent excessive forward movement during the impact and offered good protection to the head and chest of both dummies. The CRS marking was permanent and it did not show incompatibility. The Tata Punch gets safety features like dual airbags, ABS with EBD, brake sway control, seatbelt reminder, high-speed alert system, rear parking sensors and ISOFIX child seat mounts. All of the above-explained the four-star rating for its child occupant protection.
What Global NCAP has to say about Tata’s Big Achievement?
Alejandro Furas, the Secretary General of Global NCAP said, “Tata has once again achieved a top safety rating for adult protection and four stars for children in a new and popular model category. This voluntary test result confirms the direction of Tata’s journey towards safer cars for India. Our test procedures demonstrate Tata’s progress in becoming one of the safety leaders in the Indian market with our current protocols. As the protocols evolve to include electronic stability control (ESC), side-impact head protection and pedestrian protection, we would encourage Tata to maintain this leadership position.”
David Ward, President of the Towards Zero Foundation said, “We are obviously delighted with Tata’s safety to result in this voluntary test. Global NCAP encourages manufacturers to participate in our programme on a voluntary basis to help create a market for safety. It is very satisfying to see leading manufacturers like Tata and Mahindra engage so positively with our #SaferCarsforIndia agenda. It remains disappointing that not all car makers in the Indian market have such a strong commitment to safety improvements.”
What are your thoughts on Tata Punch’s outstanding performance in Global NCAP? Do let us know in the comments section below.
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