Three Nano cars go up in flames

Three Nano cars go up in flames

Manufacturers behind the world's cheapest car the Nano are considering precautionary checks after reports that three of the vehicles caught fire due to a problem with the steering column.

The flames were blamed on short circuits in the combination switch, which controls the £1,300 Nano's headlights, windscreen wipers and indicators.

The three separate incidents happened in the Indian cities of New Delhi, Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

While denying a recall of the car, Indian manufacturer Tata Motors said it may carry out checks on new Nanos to look for the technical glitch.

A spokesman for the company said: "We do not believe this is generic and we are not considering any recall. However, a pre-emptive check may be carried out on cars that are to be handed over or those that are with customers, purely as a precautionary measure."

The firm, which owns Jaguar and Land Rover in the UK, may also check the 7,500 units that have already been delivered so far across India.

All cars were reportedly parked when the fires started, and no-one was injured in the incidents.

The "people's car" was launched in March this year, targeting middle-class families who normally commute by motorcycle.

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