Max Mosley, chairman of the Global NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) has called for a complete recall of the controversial Datsun Go from all Indian and Southeastern Asian markets. The request for a comprehensive recall includes all present models of the Datsun Go, and will be communicated immediately to the Datsun corporation. What effect the recall request will have remains to be seen.
Failure To Meet Basic Safety Standards
Mosley called for this complete recall after special crash tests conducted on behalf of the #SaferCarsforIndia campaign revealed that the Datsun Go had received a safety rating of zero. This complete and utter failure of the new model to pass even elementary safety standards has resulted in considerable consternation for the Japanese auto manufacturer, and is nearly unprecedented in the history of crash testing in the region.
No Point In Including Airbags
According to the results of the crash tests conducted by the Global NCAP, the Datsun Go is one of the least safe and stable vehicles that can purchased anywhere in the world. The report released by the organization is uniformly negative. During the course of the crash testing, the structure of the vehicle completely collapsed, after the fashion of an accordion – a result that would certainly have crushed to death any real life occupants of the car.
Death Trap On Wheels
The body of the Datsun Go collapsed under the extreme stress of the crash and was rated so unstable that the NCAP report includes the startling conclusion that there simply is no point in even including air bags in the vehicle, as the safety and protection they offer would not be equal to the challenge of protecting the occupants of such an unstable structure. In a word, the Datsun Go is rated by the report as a veritable death trap on wheels.
Calling For Improved Safety Standards
Mosley, as in his capacity as Chairman of the Global NCAP, does not possess the power to force Datsun to recall the Go, but he certainly can make things hot for the company. The release of this new NCAP report will put pressure on the Japanese auto manufacturer to address these safety issues in a meaningful and productive manner. Whether Datsun responds favorably to this report and makes the changes that are necessary to ensure the safety of its customers remains to be seen.