Union Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari had said that even small cars should have an adequate number of airbags for safety. Usually, small cars are bought by middle-class people with low-income groups. Gadkari questioned why auto companies provide eight airbags only in big cars bought by rich people. Gadkari said in an interview that he is appealing for more airbags in small cheap cars to ensure safety.
Focus on saving lives
The Union Minister’s statement comes at a time when the auto industry has expressed concern that their products have become expensive due to high taxation and stringent safety standards. He said, ‘Buy small vehicles, middle-class people do. In such a situation, their cars will not have airbags, so they can die in the event of an accident. That’s why I appeal to all the car manufacturers to provide at least 6 airbags in every model of their vehicles.
Will cost so much
Gadkari, who expressed his opinion unequivocally, said, “The extra airbags will increase the cost of small vehicles by Rs 3,000 to 4,000. Despite this, the poor in the country should also get full security. You give eight airbags for the rich. For cheap cars, you only offer 2-3 airbags. Why so?