Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, has declared that the six airbag requirements for all new vehicles will go into effect in October 2023. It was originally intended for this rule to go into effect in October of this year.
All new cars and SUVs with seating for up to 8 people must abide by this rule. In January of this year, the ministry gave its approval to a draft notification requiring six airbags in vehicles falling under the M1 category.
Gadkari announced the decision to implement the proposal mandating a minimum of 6 Airbags in Passenger Cars (M-1 Category) starting on October 1, 2023, in a tweet. “Considering the global supply chain constraints being faced by the auto industry and its impact on the macroeconomic scenario,” he continued. “The number one priority is the safety of all passengers traveling in motor vehicles, regardless of their cost and variations,” he continued. Many automakers can now breathe a sigh of relief because adding six airbags to entry-level models would have required extensive structural engineering.
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