- This new rule will be applicable for all car companies from 1 October 2022.
- Additional four airbags will include curtain and two front size airbags.
- With this, the price of cars can increase by about Rs 20,000 to 30,000.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a draft notification asking all car companies to make it mandatory to provide six airbags in M1 category vehicles. Up to eight passengers can sit in this category of car. This new rule will be applicable for all companies from 1 October 2022.
As per the draft notification, M1 category cars will get two side/side torso airbags, both front passenger airbags and two curtain airbags. Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has already approved this draft.
Due to these necessary safety changes in cars by the companies, the price of the vehicles can increase by about Rs 20,000 to 30,000. Earlier, the ministry had made it mandatory to provide co-driver passenger airbags on April 1, 2021.
Currently, dual front airbags, ABS, rear parking sensors, front seatbelt reminder and speed alert system are mandatory in cars.