The newly launched Tata Tigor EV has become the first Electric Vehicle (EV) ever tested by Global NCAP and has achieved four stars for both adult and child occupants in the latest #SaferCarsForIndia crash test. The new Tata Tigor EV was assessed in its most basic safety specification, fitted with two airbags as standard. Further improvement could be made to the Tigor rating by equipping the model with standard fitment of Electronic Stability Control (ESC), side impact protection, 3 point belts in all seating positions and ISOFIX connectors.
With the latest test, Tata Motors has become the safest Indian automaker with most numbers of cars having top-rated four and five star vehicles. While cars like Tigor, Tiago and Tigor have achieved four-star ratings, making them the safest vehicles in their respective segments, the Nexon is the safest India-made SUV with five-star rating.
The protection offered to the driver head was good and passenger’s head was adequate. Both front passenger’s neck showed good protection. Driver chest showed adequate protection and passenger chest showed good protection. Driver and passenger knees showed marginal protection as they could impact with dangerous structures behind the dashboard supported by the tranfascia tube. Driver and passenger tibias showed adequate and good protection. The bodyshell was rated as unstable and it was not capable of withstanding further loadings. Footwell area was rated as unstable. The car offers standard Seat Belt Reminder (SBR) for driver and passenger.
The child seat for the 3 year old and 1.5 years old were installed rearwards facing with the adult seatbelt and were able to prevent excessive forward movement during the impact. Chest and head protection was good. Child Restraint Systems (CRS) marking was permanent. The recommended CRS did not show incompatibility. The vehicle offer ed a lap belt in the rear centre position. The car does not offer ISOFIX anchorages. All of the above explained the four star for child occupant protection.
Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Global NCAP said, “Tata has shown consistent safety improvements throughout its fleet range. The Tigor demonstrates that improvements are also possible with EV models, which can pose a technical challenge because of the electric powertrain system. Tata should be recognised and applauded for this commitment to improving their vehicles in response to Global NCAP’s call to democratise vehicle safety.”