Datsun Go and Suzuki Swift have failed an international vehicle safety tests conducted by Euro NCAP, a global organisation that organises crash-tests and provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of popular cars.
Datsun Go was launched last month at a retail price of R89 500. The car does not offer basic safety features like airbags and ABS. Suzuki Swift scored zero star out of a maximum of five stars. Consumers should by all means stay away from buying such cars.
The body structure of Datsun Go is very week to an extend that it is pointless to fit an airbag.
According to Euro NCAP, the crash tests readings indicated a high probability of life-threatening injuries.
“While the lack of airbags in the Datsun Go ensured that the driver’s head hit the steering wheel and dashboard, even having them (airbags) on board might not have made much of a difference as the failure of the body shell makes fitting an airbag redundant.”
Suzuki Swift failed to get one star of a maximum of five stars. According to the Euro NCAP, the crash test on the Swift showed a high risk of life-threatening injuries with zero-star safety rating for their adult occupant protection.