6-airbag rule might be postponed as the October 1 deadline approaches.

According to reports cited by Business Today TV, the Indian government is likely to miss the deadline of October 1 for enforcing the need for six airbags in a vehicle.

We are continuing in talks with the stakeholders and want safer automobiles on the roads as soon as feasible.

Vehicles of category M1, manufactured after 1st October 2022, shall be fitted with two side/side torso air bags, one for each person occupying front row outboard seating positions, and two side curtain/tube air bags, one for each person occupying outboard seating positions, adding up to six airbags per car, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways proposed in its draught notification in January 2022.

A vehicle's airbag is an occupant restraint device that intervenes between the driver and the dashboard during an accident to shield the driver from severe injury.

Following the recent death of business mogul Cyrus Mistry in a car accident on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai route, road safety in India has received a lot of attention. Wearing seat belts in the backseat has been required since October 2002, and the government is currently negotiating with automakers to require the installation of rear seat belt alerts. Rear-seat passengers who are not wearing seat belts can be fined Rs 1,000 under Rule 138(3) of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR), however this provision is seldom observed due to lax enforcement.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari made the observation during the annual meeting of the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), noting that over 5 lakh traffic accidents result in 1.5 lakh fatalities and over 3 lakh injuries each year. "The majority of Indian automakers ship vehicles with six airbags. However, they are hesitant in India due to the business model and cost " explained he.

Gadkari has earlier urged all state transport ministers and authorities to cooperate in order to decrease traffic fatalities and accidents by 50% by 2024. Gadkari also suggested that engineering students receive training in performing road safety audits, which the ministry may use as a foundation for taking appropriate measures.

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