Last year, both the Ciaz and the Ertiga scored a respectable four stars in the ASEAN NCAP. The score was courtesy safety tech such as dual airbags and anti-lock brakes, as well as passive features that include seatbelt reminders and adjustable headrests. Notably, the India-spec cars feature the same safety equipment.
Maruti hasn't been specific as to how the Ciaz and the Ertiga have been made safer. However, we've been told the structural rigidity of the cars have been upgraded. As per the standards set by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways all new cars launched after October 1, 2017 have to comply with crash test norms. However, for vehicles that are already on sale, the deadline is October 2019. The tests include a full frontal, front-offset and side-impact crashes.
The brand has been ahead of the curve in equipping their newer products with safety tech. For instance, cars such as the Brezza, Baleno and the Ignis are already compliant with the new norms that come into effect from October this year. It is also good to see India's largest car maker upgrade the safety of their products well before the 2019 deadline.
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