22nd September 2011
Indian car makers should increase their standards
Here's food for thought. Although Indian car makers are continuously improving, there is clearly MUCH scope for improvement. The HIGHEST standards are absolutely necessary.
This issue relates to Mahindra & Mahindra, but it could well apply to many other Indian companies. The good thing is that by competing internationally these companies are being exposed to international standards. Indian companies must now learn fast, else their reputations will soon become mud. We need Six Sigma standards.
India-made Mahindra Pik-Up … received a two-star crash rating. According to the crash report, the Mahindra revealed a high risk of life-threatening head and neck injury in an offset test that replicates a vehicle turning in the path of an oncoming car – a common cause of crashes.As with the Geely, the Mahindra has driver and passenger front airbags fitted as standard, and anti-lock brakes, but no stability control.The test results reveal that the Mahindra’s passenger compartment lost structural integrity, and posed a high risk of serious head, leg and foot injury for the driver.It says the airbag was still deploying when the driver’s head hit it, and the tailshaft moved sideways and dented the fuel tank.The steering column was identified as a potential source of injury to the driver’s knees, while the dash was an injury risk to both the driver’s and passenger’s knees. [Source]