New Delhi: The Central government has approved a draft notification making it mandatory for automobile manufacturers to provide a minimum of six airbags in motor vehicles that can carry up to eight passengers, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Friday.
In a series of tweets, Gadkari, who is Minister for Road Transport and Highways, said the move will ultimately ensure the safety of passengers across all segments, irrespective of the cost and variant of the vehicle.Also Read - How Fuel Prices Can Be Slashed Further? Nitin Gadkari Suggests This Idea, Says 'Petrol, Diesel Taxes Can Go Down If...'
The Minister said to minimise the impact of frontal and lateral collisions on the occupants seated in both front and rear compartments, the Centre has been decided that four additional airbags will be mandated in the M1 vehicle category (passenger vehciles comprising not more than eight seats in addition to the driver’s seat). Of the four additional airbags, two will be side/side torso airbags and two will be side curtain/tube airbags covering all outboard passengers.