Tata Nano Bursts Into Flames

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A driver and passenger in Mumbai, India, had to abandon a brand-new Tata Nano after a passing motorcyclist pointed out that it caught fire.

The owner, Satish Sawant, was being chauffeured home when the car caught fire, forcing Sawant and the driver to jump out of the world’s cheapest car. An insurance agent, Sawant can’t actually drive, hence the chauffer. It didn’t take long before the vehicle was engulfed in flames.

Indianautosblog points out that this is not the first case of spontaneous Nano combustion, which certainly spells trouble for the cheap-car revolution: Spending $3,000 is too much if the car is going to burst into flames. More stories like this one could certainly give U.S. car buyers great pause if the Nano eventually makes it over here.

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By Stephen Markley | March 23, 2010 | Comments (32)
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Comments 

LMAO

Indian piece of crap.

Tony

Nano can come here but will it stay?

peek

ta ta, its gonzo!

gooberman

So basically the car did what my a** feels like every time I eat Indian food.

Paul

Just wait til the Mahindra makes it here! (if it does).

Shades of YUGO all over again.

Ziggy

Bring it to the US. Then people can set it on fire and try to sue Tata.

So THAT's where my trash can lids went.

Barry

I'm sure some how this is Toyota's fault.

dd

big deal, one catches fire and they are all pieces of crap? does that mean that ford fusion i saw on fire last week is crap too? any car can catch fire, not just crappy ones

Teehee7

so a tiny, crude car that spontaneously combusts? Ford Pinto anyone?

dd

woops, didn't read the full article. I agree that four explosions is too many.

yungmama

oh stop ragging on mahindra. they are 2 different companies.

jessy67

that's what you get when you make its fuel tank out of cardboard...

r

man that's mess up!

Derrick G

Gee, without knowing how the fire started, it's hard to know what to think about that. But considering the fuel tank is under the passenger's seat, there sure does seem to be an awfully large fire coming from up front. Have to wonder what kind of fire retardant, if any, is used.

Al

It is a Toyota conspiracy. Spontaneous combustion is much more interesting than spontaneous acceleration.

Alternatively, perhaps the Nano is equipped with an "afterburner" as standard equipment?

Tony

On the serious side...
do we like their call centers?
Do we see any quality in their software?
Now, they will sell you a car???

Seriously, I would get a Fiat before this...

Happymantis

I could easily get offended at any of the xenophobic and quasi-racist comments posted on here, but I realize that this is what China, Japan, and South Korea had to experience as they slowly improved their lot in this world. Indian products and services are competitive in value and cost, most high end designer clothing is built in India because the levels of quality can't be matched in other factory settings around the globe. Most Indian "software" is back end work that is present in American and European software systems, but the only aspect I care about is that India is building competency in such fields and will of course stumble now and then, but as long as we're trying, I'm content and nonplussed about the ignorance that is spewed by ignorant commentators who add nothing to the discussion.

Paul

yungmama
Mar 23, 2010 3:37:43 PM
oh stop ragging on mahindra. they are 2 different companies.

Yes,but neither one may ever be sold here.

YOING

Funny, V6 powered GM vehicles have been going up in flames for years (Including my own) and they never get reported.

lalit kumar

It is really sad and unfortunate Nano is dragged into this needless controversy with utter disregard to propriety and whether all this is believable. Among the multiple roles played by media, the most important one is to enable readers make intelligent choices. Some is just making an attempt to tarnish the image of Tata who have created one of the largest conglomerates

Rishi Mittal

Some Competitors are just spreading fabricated, false and malicious information attempting to tarnish the image reputed corporate. Such falsehood could damage India’s reputation as an investor friendly country.

Raju Singh

Allegations and sensationalism have become the norm of any existence. Core motto is to just disrupt every belief, play with emotions and create ruckus. This incident is yet another creation of the nasty game of corporate upmanship and vested interest. Trust to come out with innovative assumptions and ideas to rake in publicity and disrupt NANO’s smooth run. Disgusting!

Amit

Dear Mr. Sawant,

PRAY TO GOD, as this is TATA COMPANY and not going to APOLOGIZE in any case, and will give you DIPLOMATIC ANSWER ONLY.

TO SAVE THE IMAGE OF TATA BRAND, THEY WILL SHOW YOU THAT THEY WILL INVESTIGATE THE CASE, BUT WILL NOT APOLOGISE TO YOU, AS IT WILL SPOIL THE IMAGE OF TATA'S.

AISA NA HO KI, UPERSE INVESTIGATION KA CHARGE BHI TUMKO HI BHARNA PADE.

TUMHARI JAAN BACH GAYEE, YEHI BHAGWAN KA SUKAR HAI. DON'T EXPECT ANYTHING MORE FROM TATA'S.

I SUGGEST YOU FILE A CASE WITH THE HELP OF BEST LAWYER, THEN ONLY THESE PEOPLE WILL LEARN.

TRAFFIC MEIN JAB HAWALDAR PAKADTA HEIN TO KYA KEHTA HAI: EK BAAR PENALTY BHAROGE TABHI SUDHAROGE.

My Name is Sam

Tata tech support: Hello, my name is Sam, how can I help you?

Mr. Sawant: Yes, My brand new car just burst into flames. I am very upset.

Tata tech support: We are sorry Sir but that is a feature of our new vehicles. You must've pushed the curry button by mistake. Please hold and I'll transfer you.

i heard of at least 3-4 nano get fire and this one as the owner is just taking this car home from showroom...this really wont do any good to image of tata ...they are soon launching nano in U.S.A with all this news its really going to husrt them badly and this things if they happen in U.S.A tata will be penalize very huge compared to it had been in india.

Tata Nano Bursts Into Flames because it made from a lot of plastic .So it couldn't resist to the heat of the engine.

Thats the difference between a "Cheap" car and an "Affordable" car. Just bcause the car doesnt cost a lot does not mean that it shouldn't be good quality!

Mike

I would buy a used car that's regular size for $3k over brand new TaTas. India doesn't have large SUVs like Suburban, Lexus LX, and Hummer etc which I would be worried if I got hit from one of those in a TaTa. Even a used 15 year old Taurus would be safer assuming the transmission is still functional in it.

Cheap cars can be good quality and a car is only ever worth what someone is willing to pay for it anyway.

Gee, without knowing how the fire started, it's hard to know what to think about that. But considering the fuel tank is under the passenger's seat, there sure does seem to be an awfully large fire coming from up front. Have to wonder what kind of fire retardant, if any, is used.

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