Another Tata Nano car catches fire

A brand new Tata Nano car which was on its way to be delivered in Vadodara, caught fire near Boriyavi village of the district here today, police said.

The incident took place on National Highway 8, when a fleet of eleven Tata Nano cars was being driven to a dealer in Ahmadabad to be delivered in Vadodara, they said.

This is second such instance in recent days. Last month, in Mumbai, a brand new Nano was reduced to ashes while being driven to home from showroom.

According to police, one of the Nano cars, which was in the middle the fleet, caught fire in its rear portion.

The driver of the car was safe, they said.

Tata Motors says second Nano catches fire

India's largest vehicle maker, Tata Motors, said one of its ultra-cheap Nano cars caught fire on Wednesday as it was driven to a dealer, the second such incident this year.

A Tata Motors spokesman said the company was investigating the problem.

We are sure that it is not a design flaw. We are looking into it, he said, adding that the Nano had complied with all safety requirements.

Last month a Nano was engulfed in flames in the western city of Mumbai minutes after it had been delivered to the customer, media reports said.

Last week P.M. Telang, managing director of Tata Motors' domestic operations told reporters that the fire incident in Mumbai was being investigated.

We are still investigating the cause of the fire, he said.

Tata Motors started deliveries of the Nano - a show-stopper at the New Delhi autoshow in 2008 where it was first unveiled - in July last year and there are more than 30,000 Nanos on the roads.

Last year a few Nanos caught fire and the company said it had identified the problem as faulty ignition switches and was changing the vendor who had supplied the parts.

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