Latin NCAP has announced its latest crash test results and the made in India Maruti Suzuki Swift scores zero stars in the crash test. The Swift received a 15.53 per cent rating in adult occupant safety and a poor 0 per cent rating in child occupant safety. Global NCAP tested the India-spec Swift and it scored 2 stars in adult occupant safety. The body shell of the Suzuki Swift has also been rated unstable.
The protection offered to the driver’s chest is weak and adequate to the passenger’s chest. Talking about pedestrian safety, Suzuki Swift secured a 66 per cent safety rating whereas it scored only 7 per cent in the safety assist systems test. Maruti Suzuki offers ESC, side and curtain airbags as an optional extra with the Swift in the Latin market whereas both the safety features are offered as standard in the European markets. In India, the Swift only comes with 2 airbags whereas ESP is only offered with AGS models.
The safety protocol methods used by Latin NCAP are far more stringent when compared to that of the Global NCAP. Although Global NCAP has started introducing side-impact and ESC safety tests, it still lacks pedestrian safety testing largely due to the unavailability of these features in the Indian market. Global NCAP also rates car safety in regards to the safety features on offer, however, Latin NCAP doesn’t count the safety features in its overall rating. Both the crash testing agencies found the body structure to be unstable and it couldn’t bear any further loading.
Maruti Suzuki Swift has been a poor performer since the beginning at crash testing facilities. The second-gen Swift scored zero stars and the current model scored an average 2-star rating in Global NCAP testing. Maruti Suzuki Swift comes equipped with 2 airbags, 4-channel ABS, seatbelt reminders, seatbelt with pre-tensioners and load limiters and rear ISOFIX anchorages.