Tata Motors on Wednesday said it will be recalling some of its small car Nano to install safety measures to prevent the vehicle catching fire.
"Yes, customers have been informed. Some have been already recalled," Tata Motors Managing Director (India Operations) PM Telang said. There are about 70,000 Nanos on the roads now, he added. When asked how many vehicles would be recalled, Telang said: "We don't know exactly how many vehicles will be recalled as we have to check how many Nanos have to be rectified."
Yesterday, Tata Motors Group CEO and Managing Director Carl-Peter Forster had said that the auto maker planned to introduce additional safety features in the small car in the wake of reports of the car catching fire. "The company has taken up several corrective measures and will now offer cover tool on catalytic converter to prevent the car from catching fire. It will also install fuse in electrical components to avoid short circuits," he had said.
In August, a sixth incident of a Nano catching fire since the car was commercially launched in March 2009, was reported from the national capital, three months after a company probe declared the car was "absolutely safe". In May, the company had declared that an expert team had found 'no manufacturing defects' in the Nano.
The five previous incidents were reported from across the country, including Mumbai, Lucknow, Delhi and near Vadodara in Gujarat.