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Nano to be bolstered with extra safety measures.

New Delhi, Nov. 10 -- The small wondercar Nano which had received global attention is now joining the ranks of other global car makers after fire fiasco in several Nano's but has stated that it is not a vehicle recall. Tata Motors has stated that it would ask Nano customers to bring back their cars to add safety devices free of cost to prevent the vehicles from catching fire, but insisted it was not a " recall. "

The company, however, said that the addition of safety devices, a lesson learnt from some of its brand new Nanos catching fire, was optional.

In last one year, there had six reported incidents of Nano catching fire on road had generated a lot of buzz about the safety of driving the car. 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 " from a group of experts. Now finally Tata Motors which had not showed any signs of doubt over the safety features is calling out for any possible diagnosis.

Accoridng to a PTI agency report, Tata Motors Managing Director (India Operations) P M Telang has stated " We would be informing the customers that these are the additional protection we are willing to provide. We are quite convinced that Nano is safe, based on our investigations. However, we feel that probably there may be some extraneous circumstances where people may want additional protection.''

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. "

Asked if the cars were being recalled because of the concern about the safety of vehicles, he said: " Just to clarify that this is not a recall...It is just to make the Nano more robust. "

Earlier Tata Motors Group CEO and Managing Director Carl-Peter Forster had stated that the auto maker planned to introduce additional safety features in the small car in the wake of reports of the car catching fire. He had said: " 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. "

As part of the safety mechanism, the company would offer a tool to cover the catalytic converter to prevent the car from catching fire. It will also install fuse in electrical components to avoid short circuits.

He said in another three to four weeks time the company would be informing all the Nano customers.

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Date:Nov 10, 2010
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