Tata Nano self ignites; Owner demands Mercedes Benz as replacement

Posted on Sep 14 2009 - 8:23am IST
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The Tata Nano has a strong tendency to attract heated debates and arguments from environmentalists and politicians. It is by far the hottest car launched in 2009, a global phenomenon, and the heat isn’t willing to escape from the Nano’s vicinity.

A newly purchased Nano, parked in the comfort of housing society parking area in Ahmedabad, burst into flames yesterday morning. Thankfully no one was hurt in the incident. Sources place responsibility on a faulty battery for the culprit behind the fire.

But the flames or the company representatives who arrived at the scene immediately to put it out don’t make this story interesting. The Nano’s owner, who did not want to go down without a fight, is this story’s real hero.

After the incident, he went to the Tata dealership that sold him the car and demanded a compensation of 5 lakh (500,000) rupees!

Wait, the story isn’t over yet -

When the dealership officials refused, he demanded the Fiat Linea or a Tata Safari as a replacement to his charred vehicle. And you thought shiny new cars on display only attract customers.

The cherry on this stale pudding -

After the officials refused to compensate with the Linea or the Safari he initially wanted, he demanded a Mercedes Benz (not quite sure about the model, possibly he himself would not have)

Tata Motors took stock of the situation and slipped in a promise – they say if the cause of the fire is due to a manufacturing defect, the car will eventually be replaced.

Will this promise also be a genuine promise?

Only time will tell.

SourceDNA India

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  1. MPS March 29, 2010 at - Reply

    If I could get a Mercedes Benz at $2500, I’d buy a Nano tomorrow. Just loosen the fuel injection line at the injection nozzle, start the engine, and then blackmail Tata with a demand for a Merc. With the willingness of the press to jump on anything that trashes the Nano for the slightest issue after unfulfilled past promises that the Nano couldn’t be done, would be unsafe, made of cardboard etc. I’m surprised more people aren’t doing it.

  2. Uttam March 25, 2010 at - Reply

    Its true that his demand is funny, but what happen if he get hurt. Worst he may die. Tata should compensate him with a good amount. If you buy a car and it caught fire within an hour of purchase and company give a new car in replacement do you have the confidence to drive that CAR!!?? THINK!!!!

  3. Parag March 22, 2010 at - Reply

    New incident of Nano fire today (march 22 2010) again!
    When I searched on Google, I found many Nano fire news.. Amazing that Tata is ignoring the fact that something is not designed properly or of poor quality.. In a sense this was expected since it’s a cheap car.. I don’t expect Nano to be safe or lasting long.. In long run (or short run while it lasts) it will prove to be a bad investment.. Resale value will be 0…

  4. Planet Automatic October 28, 2009 at - Reply

    Enough Said :)

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  5. rohan kumar September 14, 2009 at - Reply

    which car will he get now.can some one tell?

  6. SRK September 14, 2009 at - Reply


    May be he could have demanded the Rolls-Royce probably one of the most expensive car in place of the cheapes car in the world.

    But coming to the real point, I remember that when the new TATA Star buses were launched in Mumbai to be used as city transportation bus, they too used to get such fires due to electrical problem.
    May be its the same type of problem here.

  7. Sushil September 14, 2009 at - Reply

    Funny to read the demands – Linea, then Safari then Mercedes ! Are you sure the customer didnt stop with that ?

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