India’s Tata mulls checks on world’s cheapest car

NEW DELHI, October 22, 2009 (AFP) – The world’s cheapest car, the Nano, launched by Indian maker Tata earlier this year, faces possible checks after owners complained of fires apparently caused by short circuits. But Tata Motors said it would not order a recall of the Nano, at least 7,500 of which have been delivered since the car hit the streets three months ago.

“A pre-emptive audit check may be carried out on cars that are to be handed over or those that are with customers, purely as a precautionary measure,” said Tata spokesman Debasis Ray in a statement emailed to AFP.

“No recall is being considered,” he said.

The statement came after Indian newspapers reported three cases of fire involving the sporty-looking hatchback, which retails for around 2,500 dollars.

There were no reports of injury in any of the incidents.

Tata Motors denied there had been any fire in two of the cars and said it had not had a chance to examine the third vehicle.

The spokesman blamed the incidents on “a minor short-circuit” in the electrics handling the windscreen wipers and lights.

Tata Motors said the two cars that its engineers had examined “had some minor smoking — not fire — and