Two back to back fire accidents have finally caused the Indian car maker to take notice of the apparent fault in the safety features of the Tata Nano. And we have word that Tata Motors is conducting comprehensive inspections of the aforementioned car, and has asked its various service centres to replace the fuel pipe in the world’s cheapest car.
According to some employees at Tata’s dealerships in Mumbai, Gurgaon and Chandigarh, the company has instructed them to replace the fuel pipes in Nanos that were manufactured before February 2010.
Tata Motors started the delivery of Nano in July 2009 and since then has delivered 30,390 units of the car.
Tata Motors spokesman Debasis Ray has said that there is no problem with the fuel pipe of Nano. “There are no issues with the fuel line,” he said. “We are adding fuel lines with additional protection.”
Following the fire accidents of Nano, Tata Motors had earlier said that it would examine all Nanos. The tests team consisted of a 20-member internal team and an independent forensic expert to locate the exact cause of the fires.
“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.”
A Tata Motors dealership in Gurgaon has been inspecting and returning the tiny cars to their owners within three hours. An employee revealed that the undercarriage of the car was thoroughly inspected and parts that were found to be faulty were replaced.
“The magnitude of the performance issue determines the manner in which product recall is done,” said a senior executive at a global consulting firm who requested not to be named.