- Airbags will be mandatory for front seat passengers.
- The new measure is part of efforts to improve passenger safety.
- Airbags have been mandatory for drivers since July 1, 2019.
In December last year, the government sought public opinion on a proposal to make airbags mandatory for front passengers in cars. The Union Ministry of Transport had also issued a draft notification in this regard. The proposal was approved by the Ministry of Law. In addition to the current airbag, vehicles must have a speed alert, reverse parking sensors and a seat belt alert. But life-saving airbags were not yet mandatory.
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The current regulation that mandates a single airbag is inadequate. This is because a passenger in the front seat, like the driver, can be seriously injured or killed in an accident. With this in mind, the government has issued a notification mandating airbags for front passengers in all new model cars. The government has given car manufacturing companies until June 1, 2021 to implement the new law.