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Nitin Gadkari, the union's minister of roads and highways, announced on Thursday that it has been decided to enact a proposal mandating a minimum of six airbags in passenger cars (M1) category) beginning in October of next year.

According to the Parivahan website, the M1 category describes passenger vehicles with no more than eight seats in addition to the driver's seat.

In order to improve occupant safety, the Union government had previously planned to mandate six airbags in passenger vehicles starting on October 1 of this year.

It has been decided to implement the proposal mandating a minimum of 6 Airbags in Passenger Cars (M-1 Category) starting on October 1, 2023, taking into account the global supply chain constraints being encountered by the auto sector and their influence on the macroeconomic scenario. Thursday saw a tweet from Gadkari.