Jamshedpur, July 23: India is World’s sixth largest Car Market and 2.03 million passenger cars were sold in India as per last year data.
India has been witnessing very high rate of road accidents resulting in the largest number of road deaths and injuries in the world.
About 1,374 crashes and 400 deaths take place every day on Indian roads. One of the major reasons behind high causalities in road accidents in the lack of safety features in Indian cars which have been criticized as being insufficient and ineffective compared to developed countries.
When the World is gearing up for fully automated self drive cars, most of the cars sold in India lack basic safety features like air bags, antilock braking systems (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC) etc.
Due to absence of strict safety regulations and testing procedures like Global New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), car manufactures design their cars in India without essential car safety features in name of cost cutting. Recently when some of popular cars in India were tested on NCAP standards and out of 5 four failed badly.
It was Highlighted by Vivekanand Thakur, DSP (Traffic), Arun Kr tiwary CEO, Janaki Foundation, H. B Singh Aarshi, Kashi Nath Singh, and Rupesh Katiyar that while buying a car consumers should give preference to safety features not, just its looks, price and other luxuries.
All these car safety issues were discussed from Prakash Chandra (sales manager) and Ganesh(manager – workshop) from M/s PEBCO Moter- authorized dealer Maruti during the workshop organized by Consumer Voice in collaboration with the Janaki Foundation at Jamshedpur today to make consumers aware of different car safety aspects.
This workshop is part of a global campaign by Consumer International to demand for safer cars for consumers. The consumer demand for safer cars will push for better safety regulation and standards in India at par with global safety standards.
The workshop was attended Pankaj Kumar, Dr B.N Mahto, Manoj Kumar, Gambhir Singh, Dr Sanjay Kumar and student from different Schools.