Nano on Fire- how serious can this be?
Will you risk your life for a technology that comes cheap? I guess NO. Well, if you actually see the picture above you will be petrified and terrified before buying even an ‘Audi’ if it comes for 2 lacs. Right? But I wonder why news of ‘Nanos’ catching fire is not propagating that effectively. One reason may be this-
“One of the neighbours phoned some Tata Motors officials about the fire,” the watchman said. “Company personnel arrived soon after and put out the fire. The car was then immediately moved from the place by the owner.” Despite much effort by journalists, the identity of the car’s owner could not be established. When the mediapersons requested that they be allowed inside the bungalow to talk to the car owner, their request was denied. The owner had apparently left instructions that no media-person should be allowed to enter the bungalow premises. [Last year’s incident from Ahmedabad]
‘Nano’ has been a very ambitious project for Tata and has got extensive international exposure. Such type of news if exposed may very well put immense pressure on Tatas, which is already finding it hard to bail out “Jaguar” and “Land Rover”. But what if there is a mishap? As I learned in today’s news the owner and his family of the Brand new Nano were ‘just’ saved when they were informed by a motorist about the engine of the Car which caught fire. Since the engine of Nano is at back its almost impossible to notice the same.
I’m still surprised with the calm response from Nano- “we believe it was a one-off stray incident”, TATA spokesperson Debasis said. Tata has offered the owner a replacement or refund! WTF? Is it that simple?
As we know Tata’s great innovation was made possible not only because of Tata but because of hundreds of other vendors who joined hands to contribute towards cost savings. But I’m sure the quality parameters must have been reduced by at least 0.1% or so and if there are hundred vendors than that means a combined quality reduction of 10%. I’m not an automobile expert but this seems to be quite obvious. Moreover considering that Car is one of the most complex mechanical systems, 10% quality reduction means 100’s of other possible known/unknown issues. Since Nano project faced various other issues like ‘Singur’ it must have been difficult to run proper quality tests before getting the product in market. There was also pressure on Tata to release the product at the earliest as it was already running behind its scheduled launch date.
But even after considering all the above factors, I must reiterate that a Car catching fire is not a common issue. TATA could have been sued for millions in US for such a mishap or worse their license itself could have been cancelled. It’s a pity that life gets least priority in this politically driven country.
What’s your thought on this?