Global NCAP calls upon Nissan to withdraw its new Datsun Go city car from sale over safety fears
14 November 2014

Global NCAP is calling for Nissan to withdraw its new Datsun Go city car from sale after the new model spectacularly failed crash tests with a zero-star rating. 

The Go’s bodyshell effectively collapsed in the tests and the car has no airbags. However, Global NCAP said airbags would have been ineffectual with such an unstable structure.

Global NCAP chairman Max Mosley said: “It is extremely disappointing that Nissan has authorised the launch of a brand new model that is so clearly sub-standard.

"As presently engineered, the Datsun Go will certainly fail to pass the United Nations’ frontal impact regulation. I would urge Nissan to withdraw the Datsun Go from sale in India, pending an urgent redesign of its bodyshell.” 

Targeted primarily at emerging markets like India, the Go marks the return of the Datsun brand after an absence of 30 years. It's powered by a 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine which produces 67bhp, giving it a 0-62mph time of 15 seconds and claimed fuel economy of 58.2mpg.

Watch the Go's crash test in the video from Global NCAP, below.

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14 November 2014
Isn't this based on the Micra? If so, what have they taken out to make it such a deathtrap?

14 November 2014
Cheapskates - I think Gohsn has taken a punt on this; believing the Indian market would be none the wiser. Cynical.

14 November 2014
I still wonder how manufacturers can justify not equipping these cars with airbags... It shows a shocking lack of respect for any nation where these big corporations feel they can cut corners on safety.

People have brought up the comparisons of these being safer than motorbikes/scooters, but that's not exactly a measure of what a large, metal structure of a car should include... At the end of the day, if you crash a motorbike at speed you will at best be injured, but that is seemingly almost certain to happen here too - and chances are you'll be going quicker and carrying more people.

14 November 2014
This story has been around for a while. The rebuttal appears to be that average speeds are lower in India and adding airbags would increase the price beyond the means of the target customer. This may be so, but the fundamental problem with the Datsun Go is that the bodyshell appears to be far too flimsy. The extent of its deformation in this crash test is such that airbags would be, in any event, ineffective. I cannot believe that designing a stiffer bodyshell in the first instance would have added significantly to the unit cost of each car. On the face of it, this appears to be incredibly cynical. Little wonder that the Datsun badge was resurrected for this car, keeping it at arm's length from its Nissan parent.

14 November 2014
Can you not see, Ollieo, that manufacturers need above all to meet local market conditions if they are to survive and that were this car to be better equipped it would likely be too expensive for most Indian buyers to consider? As for 'these big corporations' as you see them cutting corners on safety: is this any different to the 1970s when cars were sold in Europe without the massive impact-absorbing bumpers mandated at that time by federal regulations in the US? They may have been grotesque but that's hardly the point. They worked yet were withheld from British drivers.

14 November 2014
Even the Rover 100 performed better than that back in the 90s! (Although to be fair that car dated back to the late 1970s.)

14 November 2014
I was wondering when the first Rover 100 comment was going to come along.

The 100 got a 1 star rating.

The E36 BMW 3 series, a car on a 90s chassis, a supposedly premium compact executive, a biggish saloon car, got 1.5 stars. Yet everybody conveniently forgot.

14 November 2014
Quite how Nissan could have produced a vehicle with such poor strength and crash safety beggars belief. Regardless of the fact that this is a budget car for emerging markets and branded as a Datsun. It is still Nissan behind the vehicle. They must have carried out their own safety tests before putting the vehicle in to production and this catastrophic failure would appear to show that they have little respect for the lives of the people where the vehicle is destined to be sold
Whilst it would be unreasonable to expect a 5 star rating from a budget vehicle, a failure of this magnitude is unacceptable for a new vehicle regardless of the market it is destined to be sold.

14 November 2014
Mopeds are used as vans, and family cars with 4 passengers in India.

Safe is relative.

14 November 2014
It seems inexcusable -- at least at first. For me the question is -- and I do not know the answer -- how much more would it really cost to make it safer? It's easy to for us to scoff at the notion that Nissan just doesn't care. But, when I see pictures of families -- mom, dad and their little kids -- barely hanging on to a little motorcycle flying through traffic in India, this "dangerous" Datsun must be FAR better. There is no question that the much safer cars we now expect are more expensive to design and build -- the metals required for that structural integrity are far more advanced and, therefore, expensive, than plain old steel. IF making it safer would truly cost so much more that those who are now carrying their kids around on motorbikes would have to continue to carry their kids around on motorbikes, rather than being able to buy this Datsun, then maybe they have a point. If it wouldn't make enough of a difference to the cost, then what they've done is inexcusable.


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