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Indian Cars Fail Safety Test

FILE - Indian mechanics repair a small car at a garage in Gauhati, India.
FILE - Indian mechanics repair a small car at a garage in Gauhati, India.
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A British car-safety watchdog reported five of India's most popular cars have crumpled in independent crash tests.

The New Car Assessment Program, or NCAP, said the cars, including India's famously small Tata Nano, collapsed in the tests in ways that would likely lead to fatality or serious injury.

The other cars tested were the best-selling Suzuki Maruti Alto 800, the Ford Figo, the Hyundai 110 and the Volkswagen Polo.

None of the tested cars had airbags as a standard feature.

India has some of the deadliest roads in the world.

All five cars chosen were entry-level models, the kind a working class family might choose as its first car, rather than a more expensive version with additional options.

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