Global NCAP has released the official crash test of the 2017 Renault Duster and the results are rather disappointing. The test were conducted on two different models of the Renault Duster, one for the non-airbag version and other for the one equipped with driver airbag.
The former scored a zero stars in front adult protection with the rear child occupant safety standing at mere two stars. The latter, the one equipped with driver side airbag, scored three stars for front protection, with the rear passenger safety continuing to standing at two stars.
Global NCAP decided to further investigate the Duster as a single airbag version was tested by Latin NCAP in 2015 where it scored 4 stars. It was found that the Indian Duster airbag was smaller than that of the Latin American Duster.
The difference in airbag size brings corresponding differences in protection. With the Indian Duster the head of the driver did not contact the airbag in the centre as it should, exposing the head to impact on the steering wheel and therefore more risk of injuries. This can be seen when the head reaches maximum front excursion and compresses the airbag. The Latin American Duster airbag on the other hand was a larger size and covered the head and chest of the driver. With the head in maximum forward excursion the airbag still shows containment to the head protecting it from the steering wheel. Do Read: Renault Duster CVT launched in India; gets a new 1.5-litre petrol engine
These differences explain the difference in protection level and why the Latin American version scored 4 stars and the Indian version only 3 stars under same testing assessment and criteria.
David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP said “It is troubling that during the UN Road Safety Week we yet again encounter a zero star car in our crash testing in India. Renault produce the Duster in a number of markets and yet it seems content to provide a version for India which falls so far short on safety.The version of the Duster with an airbag scores three stars, but this too fell short as it was fitted with a smaller airbag. A model with a correctly sized airbag should be provided as standard.”