The Central government has recently announced a new rule, making it mandatory for all the new vehicles to have passenger’s dual airbags front for enhancing the safety norms.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways announced it in their latest gazette notification stating that new vehicles will be required to have dual front airbags as standard fitment from 1 April, 2021.
The Ministry has made it compulsory for the vehicles manufactured on and after April 1, 2021, in the case of new models, and August 31, 2021, in the case of existing models to have airbags for the passenger other than the driver on the front seat.
While issuing the order, the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways under the Nitin Gadkari said, “The Ministry has issued a Gazette notification regarding mandatory provision of an airbag for passengers seated on the front seat of a vehicle, next to the driver. This has been mandated as an important safety feature and is also based on suggestions of the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety.”
The step is undertaken for improving passenger safety on road during accidents. Earlier, from July 1, 2019 onwards, the government had made an airbag compulsory for the driver’s seat in all cars.
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