Since 2014, Global NCAP has conducted crash tests on several Tata Motors cars, such as the Nano, Zest, Nexon, Altroz, Tiago, Tigor, and Punch. Notably, their flagship SUVs, the Harrier and Safari, were missing from these tests until now. With their recent facelifts, both the Harrier and Safari underwent crash testing and received an impressive 5-star safety rating, marking the first Tata models tested under the more rigorous Global NCAP testing protocol. Comparing their scores to vehicles tested under the older protocol, like the Mahindra XUV700, is not feasible.
In the adult occupant protection test, the new Tata Harrier and Safari achieved a score of 33.05 out of 34 points, resulting in a 5-star rating. Testers found that both models offered good protection for the driver’s and passenger’s head and neck, with adequate protection for the chest.
In the side impact test using a deformable barrier, the Harrier and Safari facelifts demonstrated “good protection” for the head, chest, abdomen, and pelvis. During side pole impact tests, where the SUVs featured standard curtain airbags, they met fitment requirements, providing good protection for the head and pelvis, marginal protection for the chest, and adequate protection for the abdomen.
Regarding the bodyshell, the result sheet indicated that it was “stable” for both SUVs and capable of withstanding additional loadings.
In child occupant protection tests, the Harrier and Safari facelifts scored 45 out of 49 points, earning a 5-star rating. This included a perfect 12 out of 12 for child restraint system (CRS) installation and a maximum dynamic score of 24. Global NCAP tested the SUVs with dummies representing an 18-month-old and a 3-year-old child, both rear-facing. They were securely placed in the vehicle using i-size anchorages and a support leg, effectively preventing head exposure in frontal crashes. The CRS provided complete protection in side impact crashes, and the testers noted the presence of ISOFIX mounting points in the outer rear seats of the second row.
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