Mumbai: India’s largest auto maker by revenue,Tata Motors Ltd, on Friday said it will inspect all Nanos following two incidents in which the cars caught fire.
“Beginning 24 May, each owner will be individually contacted over the next few weeks to fix appointments for such inspections,” the company said in a release “These inspections would be provided free of cost to the customers.”
The company will, “where necessary, add additional protection to ensure the car’s safety”, it said without elaborating.
Tests were conducted by a 20-member internal team and an independent forensic expert to seek the causes of the fires. One of the incidents was attributable to the “remnants of a foreign object on the hot exhaust system”, while the second incident was because of a ruptured fuel line, Tata Motors said.
The inspections do not constitute a recall of the world’s cheapest car.
“Tata Motors assures all customers that the Tata Nano is a safe car, with a robust design and state-of-the-art components,” the company said. “The investigation reveals that the incidents in these two cars, which were being transported to or from dealers, were isolated instances and the reasons are unrelated. This further establishes the conclusion that the Tata Nano’s design is robust.”