Made-in-India Suzuki Swift fails Latin NCAP crash tests


Bodyshell integrity: unstable; footwell area: unstable

The Suzuki Swift, made-in-India for the Latin American markets, has scored zero stars in Latin NCAP crash tests, despite having two front airbags. The popular compact car achieved 15.53% in Adult Occupant category, 0% in Child Occupant category, and 66.07% in Pedestrian Protection and Vulnerable Road Users category. Back in 2018, Swift had scored two stars in Global NCAP tests, which suggests that Latin tests might have upgraded their standards.

The tested model was equipped with two front airbags, front seat belt pretensioners and load limiters, driver seat belt reminder, and rear Isofix mounts.

Adult Occupant Protection
In the adult occupant protection tests, the report said that the protection offered to the driver and passenger head and neck was good. The driver’s chest showed weak protection and the passenger’s chest showed adequate protection. Driver’s knees and passenger’s one knee showed marginal protection as they can impact with dangerous structures behind the firewall, while the passenger’s other knee showed good protection. The footwell area was rated as unstable due to asymmetries. The bodyshell was rated as “borderline unstable” due to asymmetries and it is not capable of withstanding further loadings.

In the side impact tests, the report said that head and pelvis protection was good, abdomen protection was adequate and chest protection was poor leading to zero points for this test. The rear passenger side door opened during the test. The side pole impact test was not performed as the car does not offer side head protection, the report added. The lack of ADAS also contributed to poor scores.

Child Occupant Protection
As for the child occupant protection, the report said that since the manufacturer does not have clear instructions in the manual on how to install a CRS or an appropriate size for different ages, the score was 0. Also, the lack of 3 point belts in all seats and the inability to disable the passenger airbag when a rearward-facing CRS was installed, contributed to 0 points. Download the full report here.

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