Friday, May 24

Hyundai Makes 6 Airbags Standard: Why Other Automakers Should Follow Suit

Hyundai has taken a significant step in automotive safety by making six airbags a standard feature in their vehicles. This move sets a positive example for other car manufacturers to prioritize safety and follow suit. Ensuring that essential safety features are universally available can contribute to saving lives on the road.

The introduction of six airbags as a standard feature by Hyundai has sparked discussions within the Indian automobile market. Hyundai is the first mass-market car manufacturer to make this safety feature available across all its variants and models. This significant move sets a precedent that we believe should be adopted by all automakers. Hyundai had previously offered six airbags as standard on many of its models, but now it includes them on all models, such as the Nios, Aura, and the Venue, which previously had four airbags as standard.


Hyundai Makes 6 Airbags Standard
Hyundai Makes 6 Airbags Standard


While the Indian government has not yet made it mandatory for cars to come equipped with six airbags, it is increasingly becoming a common practice for most vehicles to include them as a standard feature. However, a few budget-friendly mass-market cars still do not offer six airbags due to cost constraints. Incorporating six airbags as a standard feature in smaller cars, which are often price-sensitive, may lead to an increase in vehicle prices. Additionally, some smaller car models may require significant engineering changes to accommodate this safety enhancement.

Hyundai India’s decision to provide six airbags as a standard feature in all its vehicles should set an example for other car manufacturers to follow suit. Hyundai also prioritizes safety with other standard features like three-point seat belts for all seats and seat belt reminders. Additionally, the company offers Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) on nearly all its models, along with Electronic Stability Control (ESC).

While airbags are an essential safety feature, it’s important to note that they are just one component of overall safety. Other factors, such as the vehicle’s body shell and design, also play a crucial role in ensuring passenger safety. Nevertheless, airbags remain a vital element in enhancing passenger protection.

Most compact SUVs already offer six airbags as standard, but it can be challenging to implement this standard in the sub-10 lakh price range. However, Hyundai India’s commitment to making it possible demonstrates that providing six airbags as a standard safety feature is feasible and beneficial for consumers.

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