The Duster scored zero stars in standard form, and only three with airbags equipped. Renault was criticised by Global NCAP's David Ward for its differing standards of safety for different markets.
David Ward, secretary general of Global NCAP said: “It is troubling that during the UN Road Safety Week we yet again encounter a zero-star car in our crash testing in India. Renault produces the Duster in a number of markets and yet it seems content to provide a version for India that falls so far short on safety.”
Renault was also criticised for its three-star rated Duster; the airbag, despite being the only feature on the car maintaining its three-star rating, it was found to be a smaller than the airbag used on the South American-spec car; when Latin NCAP tested the Duster, it was rated four stars.