We received the following email forward and pictures about the cheapest car in the world, the Tata Nano, suddenly and mysteriously catching fire and totally burning down from a friend in Sri Lanka. Apparently this Tata Nano car fire accident happened in Colombo city, Sri Lanka somewhere in early September or late July 2011.
Today morning I took a budget taxi (a Tata Nano) and came to work. After I got down from the cab it couldn’t even go 100m, it caught on fire.
Luckily the driver was able to jump out of the car but if I was seated behind I wouldn’t have escaped.
Please pass the massage and tell your loved ones not to use these cabs as some parties are already trying to cover the story..
See the car fire pictures below.
Same this has happened in India too.
Update– According to Wikipedia there has been a small number of Tata Nano Cars catching fire incidents been reported. This led Indian auto maker, Tata Motors to add safety devices to the vehicle although unlike America or Europe where people’s safety is high valued (e.g. see Ford truck recalls earlier this year for correcting minor faults) this Indian car maker has so far initiated no recalls!!! According to Tata the car is safe!!! There are some other safety concerns glaring in this cheap car as well, such as the fact that it has no airbags and passenger-side wing mirror, making rare car accidents like catching fire relative.
For your further information, the Tata Nano is a Indian Car that was labeled as the cheapest car in the world when it was launched in 2009 by its maker the giant Indian auto maker Tatar Motors. It was termed the one-lakh car or hundred thousand Indian Rupee car (about US$2100). It is inexpensive, rear-engined and is a four-passenger city car. It is built aimed primarily at the Indian domestic market which is fiercely competitive driving car companies towards making the cheapest car in India and in turn the the cheapest cars in the world.