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OEMs still taking advantage of lack of car safety standards in India

New test results from NCAP show how manufacturers can still sell substandard models in emerging markets — as it’s all perfectly legal

There is no doubt that many OEMs including Nissan know how to build safe cars. This is proven by the fact that three of its 2014 models sold in the US earn the 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award when equipped with optional front crash prevention systems, and another is a Top Safety Pick+ itself.

However, when bringing its cars to India, Nissan’s Datsun Go recently fell short of a good or even acceptable safety rating in Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) frontal tests, failing to earn any stars for adult protection. For this reason, the model cannot be sold in North America or Europe. Neither could the Maruti Suzuki Swift nor a host of other new cars produced for consumers in India.

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