This SUV has earned zero stars for protection of the adult occupants, and the test showed that without the airbags the injury of the driver could be unacceptably high. The vehicle earned 2 stars for its rear seat protection of child occupant.  

Meanwhile, Renault India said that all of its products meet and also exceed the required safety standards set by regulatory authorities in India. The government already announced that regulation for a crash test for all the existing cars will be implemented from 2019 and for all new vehicles it will come into effect this year. The French company, Renault supports this decision of the government. 

Further, the variant of Duster that comes with airbag earned three stars in the crash test. But, the airbag in this version are smaller in size. Secretary General of Global NCAP, David Ward, said, “A model with a correctly sized airbag should be provided as standard."

The vehicle safety group also disclosed that Duster that is sold in Latin America has bigger airbags than India’s Duster which leads to a difference in driver’s protection. Renault manufactures Duster in five countries, and it is sold in more than 100 countries. 

(With inputs from PTI)