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Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari says, Govt to make maximum 6-airbags safety norms mandatory from October 1, 2023

The central government on Thursday deferred a proposal to make six airbags mandatory in cars by a year. Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari tweeted today that the government has postponed the proposal to make six airbags mandatory in cars by one year to October 1, 2023.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: The central government on Thursday deferred a proposal to make six airbags mandatory in cars by a year. Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari tweeted today that the government has postponed the proposal to make six airbags mandatory in cars by one year to October 1, 2023. The government had made it mandatory to install six airbags in vehicles. This order was to be effective from October 1, 2022, but now this deadline will be pushed forward by a year.

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Today, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari tweeted, “Safety of all passengers travelling in motor vehicles irrespective of their cost and variants is the foremost priority.”

Gadkari tweeted, “Considering the global supply chain constraints being faced by the auto industry and its impact on the macroeconomic scenario, it has been decided to implement the proposal mandating a minimum of 6 Airbags in Passenger Cars (M-1 Category) w.e.f 01st October 2023.”

Commenting on the government’s decision to defer the six-airbag rule, Clyde Crasto, the Spokesperson for Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), tweeted: “Safety of all passengers in cars is a priority irrespective of their cost, therefore cars with 6 #airbags mandatory from Oct 2023. But not everyone can afford this variant and since ‘safety is a priority’, will Gadkari ji ask government to give a subsidy?”

The new rule essentially means that all the front-facing seats in “M1” category vehicles, manufactured on or after October 1, 2022, shall come fitted with six airbags, including side airbags. “A draft notification has been issued on January 14, 2022, which mandates that vehicles of category M1, manufactured after October 1, 2022, shall be fitted with two side/side torso air bags, one each for the persons occupying front row outboard seating positions, and two side curtain/tube air bags, one each for the persons occupying outboard seating positions,” it had said.

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