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3-star Latin NCAP rating achieved by Brazilian Renault Kwid

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The Renault Kwid manufactured in Brazil has managed to earn a three-star rating at the Latin New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) crash tests. The results are better than the one star rating earned by the Indian version of the Kwid at the Global NCAP crash tests in 2016. However, the latest crash tests are indicative of the Kwid’s improvement in terms of its safety quotient.

Renault Kwid

The Renault Kwid manufactured in India had scored really low at the Global NCAP crash tests which took place in September, 2016. This was a major improvement, however, in comparison to the zero-star rating which the Indian Kwid got during testing in May, 2016. The Brazilian version of the Kwid received three stars in terms of child occupant and adult occupant protection. There was ample marginal side impact and frontal protection provided by the hatchback as well. However, protection was weak for the adult’s chest which led the final rating to be three stars.

The side impact structure on the Kwid negated the side impact barrier’s intrusion and when this combines with the side thorax airbag, will help in keeping injuries at levels which are less than life threatening. The child seat on the Isofix seat mounts and Top Tether anchorage also ensured that child safety remained sufficient. However, the rating stayed at three out of five stars due to the lack of a disconnection switch for the airbag for front passengers and the absence of 3-point seat belts.

The Indian Kwid does not get the side airbags and front passenger airbag like its Brazilian counterpart and neither are there Isofix child seat mounts. The Kwid competes with rivals like the Maruti Suzuki Alto, Datsun Redi-Go and Hyundai Eon in the Indian market.

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