Independent charity registered in the UK, Global NCAP which promotes the vehicle crash testing and reporting especially for the emerging markets has reported that the entry-level hatchback, Maruti Suzuki S-Presso has failed the Global New Car Assessment Program by scoring zero points for adult safety. But the SUV-inspired hatch did score couple of points for child safety.
The adult safety rating score is 0 out of 17 points while the child safety rating score is 13.84 out of 49 points. The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso was subjected to Front Offset Deformable Barrier Test conducted at the speed of 64 kmph and the body shell integrity was unstable for further loading. While the test vehicle was equipped with three-point seatbelts, seat belt reminder for both driver and passenger as well ABS and driver’s airbag but the test vehicle was not equipped with front seatbelt tensioners, passenger frontal airbag, side body airbags, side head airbags or driver knee airbag.
According to the crash report, the Maruti Suzuki Celerio offered a good level of protection for the head of the adults, the protection to the neck of the driver was shown adequately while the protection offered to the neck of the occupant was indicated as poor. While the passenger’s knees showed a good amount of protection the driver’s knee was offered only a marginal amount of protection. The passenger’s tibia is offered with adequate protection the driver’s tibia is offered only with marginal protection.
The crash test also reveals that only poor protection was offered to the head as well as the torso area of the 18-month old child dummy seated in the rearward facing seat position. The 18-month old child dummy was seated in a LUSTER KA240 child restraint system. The Child seat of the 3-year old child dummy was not able to prevent excessive forward movement during the crash. The 3-year old child was seated in the BRITAX DUO PLUS child restraint system. The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso subjected to the test was not equipped with ISOFIX anchorages.