Mandatory provision of Airbags

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  • March 9, 2021
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Mandatory provision of Airbags

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – III – Disaster Management

In news

  • A Gazette notification has been issued regarding mandatory provision of an airbag for passengers seated on the front seat of a vehicle, next to the driver.
  • Ministry: Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

Key takeaways

  • Vehicles manufactured on and after the April 1, 2021 (new models) and August 31, 2021 (existing models) shall be fitted with airbags.
  • This safety feature is based on suggestions of the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety.
  • It is compulsory for all existing models in the M1 category — passenger motor vehicles having not more than eight seats in addition to the driver’s.

Important value additions


  • An airbag pops up as a protective cushion between the passenger and the car’s dashboard during a collision.
  • In moderate to severe frontal crashes, front airbags are designed to inflate in order to prevent a person’s head and chest from contacting hard structures in the vehicle.

Do you know?

  • As per a recent World Bank report, India accounts for 10% of all road crash victims in the world. 
  • Some of the other safety features in automobiles are:
    1. Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
    2. Speed Alert System
    3. Reverse Parking Sensors
    4. Driver and passenger seat belt reminder
    5. Manual override for central locking system

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