Global NCAP today released the first 2023 round of crash test results complying with its new and more demanding crash test protocols for India. The Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 scored two stars for adult occupant protection and zero for child occupant protection.
Global NCAP’s updated crash test protocols include assessments of frontal and side impact protection for all tested models as well as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and pedestrian protection. Side impact pole protection assessments are also required for vehicles scoring the highest star ratings.
- Adult Occupant safety: 21.67 out of 34.00
- Child Occupant safety: 3.52 out of 49.00
The protection offered to the driver’s head and neck was good. Driver’s and passenger’s chest showed marginal protection. Driver’s and passenger’s knees showed marginal and weak protection as they can impact with dangerous structures behind the fascia. Driver’s tibias showed marginal protection and adequate protection for passenger’s tibias. Footwell area was rated as unstable. The bodyshell was rated as stable and was capable of withstanding further loadings.
The child seat for the 3 year old was installed FWF using the adult seatbelt and was not able to prevent excessive forward movement during the impact exposing the head to high risk of injuries. The 18 month old CRS was installed using the adult seatbelt RWF showing good protection for the head and weak protection to the chest. Vehicle based assessment scored zero points as the car does not offer 3 point belts in all seating positions. The manufacturer declined to recommend CRSs which explains the zero points in dynamic score. The vehicle does not offer standard ISOFIX and top tether anchorages. The passenger airbag cannot be disconnected in the case of a CRS installed in the front passenger position.
Maruti Suzuki declined to nominate a Child Restraint System (CRS) for child passengers. The lack of three-point belts in all seating positions and the lack of standard airbag disabling for a rear facing CRS in the front seating position explains the zero score for child protection in both Maruti Suzuki’s models.