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Fire fault in world's cheapest car

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The cheapest car in the world may have to undergo safety checks after it was reported that three Tata Nanos have caught fire due to short circuits.

The fault is thought to be in the £1,300 car's combination switch, which controls its headlights, windscreen wipers and indicators.

The fires were said to have happened in the Indian cities of New Delhi, Lucknow and Ahmedabad while the cars were parked. No-one is thought to have been injured, but their owners may be taking another look at their car insurance policies.

Tata has said that although it does not plan to recall the car, it may carry out checks on new models to look for the technical issue. It may also check the 7,500 that have been delivered across India.

A spokesman 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 car was launched in March this year, targeted at middle-class families who normally commuted by motorbike.

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