Central government makes dual airbags mandatory for every car owner in India

The statement read that the order was an important safety feature and is also based on the instructions of the Supreme Court Committee on road safety.

On Thursday, the central government has announced its decision to make the passenger side airbag mandatory in all the new cars.  In a gazette notification, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways declared the new rule that will require all new cars to have dual airbags as a standard arrangement from April 1, 2021. On the other hand, existing vehicles are compelled to be sold with dual airbags from August 31, 2021.

Furthermore, the statement read that the order was an important safety feature and is also based on the instructions of the Supreme Court Committee on road safety.

The official handle of The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways took to Twitter to share the gazette copy and mention, "Government has made it mandatory for vehicle manufacturers to fit airbag for the person occupying the front seat other than the driver. It is applicable on vehicles manufactured on & after 1st April 2021 in case of new models, & 31st August 2021 in case of existing models."


The gazette further stated that the airbag will need to meet the AIS 145 standard under the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) specifications.