The Renault Duster has received 0-stars rating for the non-airbag variant and 3 for the variant equipped with an airbag in the latest series of crash tests carried out by International NCAP on cars below its ‘Safer Cars for India’ campaign for 2017. Test results for the Renault Duster, traded without airbags in its basic RxE and STD variant, were miserable as the safety watchdog observed that driver injuries would have been too high due to the lack of airbags. It scored two stars for back seat child occupier security. The Duster equipped with a single, driver airbag, offered in the RxL variant and up, fared better in comparison. It also scored two stars for child protection. Worldwide NCAP decided to further investigate the Duster as a single airbag version was tested by the Latin NCAP in 2015 where it scored four stars. It found that the Duster sold in India had a slighter airbag than the one sold in Latin-America.
Global NCAP observed that with the Indian Duster, the head of the driver didn’t make contact with the airbag in the center as it should have, thus exposing the head to impact on the steering wheel and then to more risk of injuries. For the Duster sold in Latin America, the airbag that was larger in size covered the chest and head of the driver. “With the head in supreme forward excursion the airbag still shows containment to the head defending it from the steering wheel,” a report by Global NCAP observed. Commenting on the results, David Ward, secretary general of Global NCAP, said, “The version of the Duster with an airbag scores three stars, but this too fell short as it was fitted with a smaller one. A model with the correct size of airbag should be provided as standard.” In response to the crash test results, Renault India issued a statement. “All our products meet and exceed the requisite safety standards set by Indian Regulatory authorities. Indian Government has declared that the crash test rule for the existing cars will come into result in 2019 and for the new cars in 2017. Renault fully supports this,” it said in the statement