On August 27, 2010, in
, Tata Nano, the cheapest car of the world produced by Tata Motors, caught on fire. New Delhi
The incident took place in South Delhi around noon near Uphaar cinema hall in
. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Green Park
official said that there were sparks from the rear of the car immediately after switching on the ignition and within a few minutes, fire spread out all over the car and destroyed it. A fire tender was brought instantly and the fire was stopped within few minutes. Green Park
This is the sixth incident of a Nano catching fire in
. The previous incidents took place in Mumbai, India Lucknow, Delhi and near Vadodara in Gujarat.
Tata spokesman Debasis Ray said, “We will investigate the incident,……We had subjected the car to a thorough check and the team had concluded that the Nano is absolutely safe.” However, he did not comment on any possible reason behind such fire.
On May 21, 2010, the company said that a 20-member team of Tata Motors along with an independent forensic expert looked to find out the reasons of the cars catching fire. The team declared that Tata’s “People’s car” was “absolutely safe.” The team did not found any manufacturing defects in the cars.
The investigation team also said that igniting of a foreign object in contact with the car’s hot exhaust system caused one fire while another incident was caused by a ruptured fuel line.
The company also announced to start a program to check all the Nanos it sold in order to ensure customers that the cars are safe but it was not a recall.