The Indian government has announced its intentions to enforce mandatory ABS, airbags and crash tests for local automakers.

The Indian government has announced its intentions to enforce mandatory ABS, airbags and crash tests for local automakers.

Some of you will be surprised to hear that current Indian legislation doesn't force local automakers to install airbags and ABS in their cars. However, that will change in the near future as the government is working on a new law which will enforce standard airbags and anti-lock brakes to be installed on all locally made cars. In addition, prior to going on sale these cars will also go through a crash test.

Needless to say, these decisions will be taken as a measure to lower casualties occurred in accidents and for the same purpose Indian-made cars could also be equipped with an electronic stability control (ESC) system. These new regulations could come into effect by 2017 and will increase the average price of a new domestic car by around 25 percent.

At the moment, Indian carmakers generally say their cars are being crash tested before being commercialized but a testing facility is not available in India so there's some doubt regarding the authenticity of this statement. The mandatory crash test set to be implemented will be limited to a frontal collision at 56 km/h (35 mph) and based on the results and the level of safety equipment offered the cars will receive a one- through five-star rating.

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