A code has been put in place to help drivers find out what the code means, as the bracelet is one of the most popular brands in India and the number of cases of fatal crashes involving it has gone up.
The Sapphire code was spotted in the latest case of a fatal accident in Maharashtra, a state where the bracelet’s popularity has gone beyond India’s borders.
According to data compiled by the Insurance Institute of India, of the 14 crashes in Maharashtra in 2017-18, 10 involved the Sapphire bracelet.
The driver of the car involved in the fatal accident died on arrival at the hospital, but his identity has not been revealed.
The case has also been referred to the local police and the state’s Chief Medical Officer has been asked to check the bracelet, said Amitabh Mishra, an assistant professor at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.
“The driver had left his house early and had been in the city for some time, but the police is trying to find the driver’s name and the driver was a foreigner,” Mishra told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“We don’t have the identity of the foreigner.”
The bracelets were spotted at a hotel near the crash site and in a store in Nashik.
Police in Maharashtra have already launched an investigation, which will take a few days to complete.