Bajaj's quadricycle mini four wheeler, the Qute has earned one star rating during the latest round of tests conducted by Global NCAP.
A statement from Global NCAP read, "The structure of the Qute was judged to be unstable in the frontal test: many spot welds had released and deformation of the structure indicated that it could not have withstood a higher degree of loading."
NCAP also said that there are no signs of deformation at any mounting points for the seat belt or buckle. The side impact resulted in detaching of the door from A-pillar. The neck protection on the Qute was rated good.
The statement further said, "In the frontal impact, despite modest rearward and upward movement of the steering wheel, the dummy's head made contact with the centre of the steering wheel."
The report added, "There is no frontal airbag to protect the driver and dummy readings indicated a high probability of serious or fatal injury in a human as a result of this contact."
The side impact resulted in striking of dummy's head into the roof rails which would lead to fatal injury. Protection of knee, femur and pelvis were rated poor.
NCAP added, "There is no side curtain airbag or padding in this area. Similarly, dummy readings of lateral rib compression were high and protection of chest was rated as poor. Protection of the abdomen was rated as marginal and that of the pelvis was good."
Bajaj Auto had launched the Qute in October 2015 and exported 334 units to various global markets. But the India launch of this mini four wheeler is delayed due to clearance issues. Bajaj Auto also did not comment about its launch in the country.
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