• Nov 12, 2010
Tata insists this move is not a recall, yet the Indian automaker is offering a free "safety upgrade" to the 70,000 folks who have purchased a Nano. This comes in response to a rash of Nano fires that were caused by various reasons. According to Tata, the vehicles that caught fire had individual problems not found on other currently-not-on-fire models. The burnt cars were investigated and the fingers were pointed at installed "foreign electrical equipment" or "foreign materal left on the exhaust system."

Owners of the Nano can bring their car in to the nearest Tata dealership, where service techs will install additional safety protection in the exhaust area and to the electrical system.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Those damn foreigners!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey dude: There is your SimpleCar.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow... SimpleCar AND SimpleMind...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @nightflight

        Phew, glad someone got it...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Racist much?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ SimpleCar

        It was a joke about foreign components/material in the engine bay.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i think Jeremy clarkson has to do with this..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ooh, yes, I sense a good running joke for the next series, a la Morris Marina or Robin Reliant....
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's not a fire, it's the optional seat heaters! Wait, this car is in India?

      Yeah, that's a fire.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Some cars set your heart on fire.This car sets itself on fire.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I say take that lemon and make it lemonade! Bring out a Tata Namo Tandori special edition.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I totally predicted this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Yeah but they only picked one in this case... "

      Win.

      I too was puzzled about how someone could leave something on the exhaust. What is going on here?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The safety upgrade is an under seat fire extinguisher.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's one hell of a wienie roast!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Love it... "currently not-on-fire models". As you enter the showroom, "yes hi, I'd like to see your currently not-on-fire models."

        Salesman: "sure sir, this way. Please be careful, we must first walk by our currently on-fire models. Keep all loose clothing, long hair and fireworks as close to your person as possible".
        • 4 Years Ago
        On Los Angeles radio, traffic folks would call this a Car-B-Que.

        Would the Indian version be the Nano Tandoori?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tata Nano...it has more in common with a Ferrari 458 than you think....
      • 4 Years Ago
      "foreign materal (sic) left on the exhaust system"

      Is the exhaust somehow exposed? Was deleting the heat shield part of the cost savings?
      • 4 Years Ago
      well at least its a very compact fire
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are they trying to cook stuff on the engine, like in the book, "Manifold Destiny"?

      http://www.amazon.com/Manifold-Destiny-Guide-Cooking-Engine/dp/1416596232/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1289574256&sr=8-1
        • 4 Years Ago
        MMMmmmmm

        Butter chicken or tandoori chicken cooked on the manifold...
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