• Mar 23rd 2010 at 7:26PM
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Yesterday, we shared a scary bit of news about a Tata Nano going up in flames only minutes after it was delivered to a customer. This isn't the first incident involving a Nano catching fire – in fact, the folks at Indian Autos Blog report that three other Nanos have suffered similar issues, all while the cars were parked.

Tata Motors says that the first three incidents were the result of a faulty switch placed near the steering wheel, but that those problems have been fixed, and all cars on the road have been checked to ensure that they will not encounter this problem. Thus, the automaker will be launching an investigation into why this most recent Nano caught fire.

A spokesperson for Tata Motors says, "This is a unique case. We are trying to figure out what went wrong." Depending on the outcome of this investigation, Tata may issue one more round of quality checks to make sure this incident does not happen again.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Like I said yesterday (which my comment was deleted - thank you Damon), Tata has a host of problems. This incident is just a drop in the bucket.

      What happens when the Tata Nano meets the iPod Nano? Litigation!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe it was an anti-war protest of some sort.

      Is there a barbecued Buddhist monk inside?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. An investigation? If this were a Toyota their corporate heads would be going; "what fire?".

      Tata: At least we are on the stick when it comes to safety.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Someone took the "purification ritual" a bit too far...
      • 5 Years Ago
      And you thought TOYOTA had problems! Now I know why it's named TATA. Start it up and it's "TA-TA"!
      • 5 Years Ago
      i know that the fire started from the built in hand warmer for pushing. the rear window defroster....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank you I really needed some cheering up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The only car you can drive and then use for a barbeque.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its is extremely saddening that even after contributing so much to really make India shine on a global platform, back home, it is the easiest to blame Tata’s capabilities for everything that is wrong.
      • 5 Years Ago
      One recall would wipe out the profit margin on this car quite easily, which would put the company in the toilet. You probably won't see one until someone dies.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh well, you get what you pay for...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing, what do you expect from the cheapest car in the world? Quality? Reliability? You are better off walking.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When I first saw this car on display at Goldrush Lucknow last year, I had expressed this fear as wiring under the floor was quite exposed.However, I am not sure that this fire happened for this reason and actual reason shall be known after full examination.
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