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Tata Nano could be a fire safety hazard

Tata Nano could be a fire safety hazard

Three incidents of Tata Nanos catching fire have been reported recently.

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New Delhi: Three incidents of Tata Nanos catching fire have been reported putting a question mark on the safety of the world's cheapest car.

An incident was reported from Delhi on Tuesday and there have been one each from Ahmedabad and Lucknow in the past one month. All three fires reportedly started near the steering wheel.

Tata Motors says it will do a pre-check of cars to be delivered but says no re-engineering or re-designing is required.

In Lucknow a newly purchased Tata Nano car that was parked in a parking lot when it caught fire on Tuesday evening, its owner said.

Nobody was hurt in the incident, owner of the car RH Rizvi told IANS. He bought the car in July from a Lucknow based dealer.

"I parked my car in the parking lot of a shopping complex and went to buy some gifts. I was shocked when the parking attendant came rushing to me within 10 minutes saying that the car is on fire", Rizvi told IANS.

In a similar incident, another Tata Nano, belled as the world's least expensive car, caught fire in Ahmedabad early on Tuesday.

Technical experts blame the position of the battery for such incidents.

"The car battery is placed under the driver's seat and this is the most potential reason for these fire incidents," an engineer with Tata Motors in Lucknow said.

  • Tags: NanoTata Nano
  • First Published: October 23, 2009, 12:00 AM IST
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