Tata Nano to face Class Action Suit?

Tata Motors may have stopped production of its high-profile ‘small car’ (it will now be available only on order basis), but the problems do not seem to go away.
A buyer, who approached the consumer forum claiming a design flaw in his Nano, has been advised to find like-minded customers to file a class-action suit against Tata Motors. According to this consumer, about five lakh Tata Nano buyers are probably affected by the same design defects and asserts Tata Motors ought to recall all the affected cars immediately.
Here is what happened with Prakash Chanderkar, a mechanical engineer, when he bought the Nano. “I own two Tata Nano cars. I experienced a life-threatening situation while driving one of the Nanos. After some investigation, I found two problems in the design of Nano car. When certain part of the bottom place corrodes, the steering of Tata Nano completely fails. Secondly, after over 5,000 kms journey, the seal of the coolant pump shaft starts leaking. While this is common for all engines in all the cars, in the case of Nano, the leaked coolant enters in to the crankcase chamber and contaminates engine lubricating oil. This causes damage to the engine journal bearing on the engine crank shaft, which can lead to seizure of engine or total failure of an engine of Nano,” he says.
He filed a complaint before the District Consumer Forum, which however rejected it on point of limitation from the date of cause of action. Mr Chanderkar, then approached the State Commission.
The Bench of Justice AP Bhangale and Dr SK Kakade of the Maharashtra State Consumer Commission, stated, “The averments general in nature as also the prayers in the complaint reflects that the complainant (Mr Chanderkar) is interested in relief of broad direction to the opponent (Tata Motors) to recall the ‘Nano’ cars on the road and to take corrective measures in respect of certain portions of the car engine to make it road worthy.”
Ironically, unlike most consumers, Mr Chanderkar did not merely want his issue resolved — something that Tata Motors was willing to do. It has even offered to buy back his car after adjusting depreciation value if he buys a new Nano. But he flatly refused to buy Nano again.
So the consumer court ruled as follows in its order dated 18 July 2018: “… we direct the complainant (Mr Chanderkar) to issue a public notice in leading newspapers, which can inform the public in general about defects in ‘Nano’ cars manufactured by Tata Motors so that complainant’s grievances can be supported and considered as a class action”.
Mr Chanderkar is seeking responses from Tata Nano owners and had created a web portal http://www.no2nano.in for this. The public notice for class action suit is returnable before the Consumer Commission on 28 September 2018. Nano buyers affected by similar issues can contact Mr Chanderkar through the website.
Talking about the issue, Mr Chanderkar said, “Tata Motors noted these defects early on and should have recalled these cars and offer some solution. However, they continued to manufacture and sell the Nano with these defects, thus exposing unfortunate and unsuspecting buyers to life threatening accidents. I faced this situation on 11 July 2016 the steering wheel of my Nano swayed uncontrollably and was by luck, I was saved from getting hit by a truck on a fly over. When I took the car to Concord Motors, the authorised service centre of Tata Motors at Worli, the technician told me that this (the steering wheel) was a problem due to rusted bottom part of the car. He even showed me how the rusted part was moving left and right with the steering wheel.”
Our mails to senior officials of Tata Motors, including its Head for Corporate Communication, remain unanswered till writing this story. We will update this story, as and when we receive any reply from Tata Motors.
Only one Nano was assembled in June 2018 against the 275 assembled in June 2017. Due to the low sales of the model, Tata Motors announced the end of production without any direct successor to Nano.
Small Car’s Big Issues
Earlier in 2010, Tata Motors had rebutted some media reports about recall of Nano, saying that there were no generic defects in its small car. It, however, had said that the company can provide additional protection to the exhaust system of the vehicle and the electrical system at no extra cost. During an investigation by a team of internal and international experts, Tata Motors had found instances of “additional foreign electrical equipment installed” or “foreign material left on the exhaust system”. (Read: Tata Motors says it’s not recalling the Nano, but will provide extra fittings free of cost)
Next year, Tata Motors agreed to change free of cost old starter motors in about 1.40 lakh Nano cars. Vehemently denying this is a recall, the company had said it changed the old starter motor with a new and ‘better’ one, an exercise that  reportedly cost it around Rs110 crore. (Read: Tata Motors to replace starter motor in 1.40 lakh Nano cars)
There were reports of several fire incidents involving the Nano. The company denied those were connected to the car’s design or its parts and blamed “foreign electrical equipment” found on top of the exhaust system. The company offered to retrofit the exhaust and electrical systems but refused to recall the cars.
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Policy to scrap 15 yrs old vehicles almost finalised

India will soon come out with a policy to scrap vehicles that are more than 15 years old, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.

The policy aims at curbing rising vehicular pollution in the country.

“We have almost finalised the scrapping policy for vehicles with NITI Aayog,” the road and transport minister said.

Vehicles completing 15 years or more would be scrapped, the minister said without giving more details.

Gadkari said India is bound to become the hub for the automobile industry and the prices were bound to be cheaper as scrap could be used for the production of auto parts among other things.

“Raw material for vehicles will be cheap … plastic, rubber, aluminium and copper – all generated from scrap will be used for auto parts generation besides other things,” the minister said.

Earlier, the Road, Transport and Highways Ministry had sent a concept note on Voluntary Vehicle Fleet Modernisation Programme (V-VMP) to the Committee of Secretaries on creating an ecosystem for voluntary scrapping and replacement of old polluting vehicles.

Gadkari had earlier said that the PMO is keen on the proposal and once it is implemented, pollution would be checked considerably as 65 per cent of the pollution is caused by heavy vehicles that are more than 15 years old.

As per an earlier proposal, a relief of about Rs 5 lakh was to be provided to people who purchase a new commercial vehicle of about Rs 15 lakh, if they surrender their over 15-year old commercial vehicles.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/policy-to-scrap-15-yrs-old-vehicles-almost-finalised-gadkari/articleshow/62931701.cms

 

Hyundai – no refunds?

I m Vijay Goyal,my cell no.9820190536 and my add.204 Indo Saigon Ind. Estate,A.K.Road,Marol Naka,Andheri (east) Mumbai 400059,Mail add. v.goyal@akshaet.com

I booked a Hundai Creta Car with Global Gallarie wheels Pvt.Ltd.Everest Complex,A.K.Road,Andheri (e),byBooking Docket no C2016071375 on 27/07/2016

Now Global Gallarie is no more their Agent and one of other showroom at Thane is also closed and when there was no response for my Correspondence and Phone Calls,

Made Complaint to MIDC Police Station,On Line Consumer Forum by Complaint No.404665 on Aug.2017 and many other Places but no result,

At Last to Hundai Moter India Ltd.,Irrugattukottai,NH4,Sriprumbudur,Taluka Kanchipuram,Dist. Chennai,Tamilnadu 602117 and reported to Consumer Forum by 404665 no.

But for no result,

Please Advise,

With Warm Regards,

Vijay Goyal.

Why the 75% Drop in Global Oil Prices Isn’t Reaching You

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Record production in the United States (US), weakened demand from the Eurozone and emerging economies like China and Brazil, and Iran’s entry into the international market have effectively slashed the price of crude oil for India, from $106 per barrel in July 2014 to $26 in January 2016 — a 75% drop over 15 months.

So, why are you not seeing evidence of this price-cut at your local petrol and diesel station? The answer: As global crude prices reach a 11-year low, the Centre and state governments steadily increase excise duties and value-added tax, shoring up their revenues and keeping fuel prices high for retail consumers.

Although India imports more than 80% of its fuel requirement, which means declining global prices should, theoretically, have seen sharp declines in retail petrol and diesel prices, Indian consumers of petrol and diesel now pay about double the global rate.

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STOPPED BY A TRAFFIC COP? KNOW THESE 8 RIGHTS

 

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So you know how to drive a car or ride a bike. But do you know your rights when and if you’re stopped by a traffic policeman?

There are different misconceptions about traffic rules and the common man is generally not aware of a lot of things and this is why they don’t understand what to do when stopped by traffic cops.

We got your back.  This article deals with various rights of commuters that will definitely help you in future.

 

1.  Cops cannot take away your driving license without giving you a valid receipt of the same.

2.  Cops cannot tow your vehicle as long as you are sitting in it.

3.  If you are a female or accompanied by a female and you are being stopped after 6pm you can always ask him to come with a female cop.

4.  The cop should have a challan book or the e-challan machine in hand in order to penalize you with a fine.

5.  If you have actually broken the law, and after making sure that the person is indeed a policeman, show your D/L, RC/Insurance to the policeman.

6.  One must know that the Cop must be a uniformed Cop with their name and buckle number clearly shown on their uniform.

7.  There is always a misconception that the traffic cop has the right to confiscate your vehicle keys but that’s not true.

8. If you have violated some law and if you are arrested, you must be informed of your rights immediately when you are arrested.

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Reduce Petrol/Diesel Prices

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Global oil prices are dropping fast. Petrol and Diesel prices in India are rising. Where is the money going? Sign my petition to demand an answer from the Petroleum Minister.
News reports show that there is no excuse for high fuel prices. The Government increased petrol and diesel taxes three times in the last three months to prevent retail price drops.
Who benefits from global price drops?

– The Government gets a lot more tax
– The Petroleum companies make more profits
– Middle men and petrol pump dealers make larger commissions

Who does not benefit? The common, Indian citizen. We continue paying through our noses. Sign my petition to stop this injustice!
Increases in fuel prices impact the country’s economy and inflation. Everything that relies on transport is more expensive. Why is the Government exploiting the common man like this?
We are taxpaying citizens and we deserve an answer. If enough of us speak up, we can get the Government to respond to us and drop petrol and diesel prices.
Sign and share my petition with everyone you know -> https://www.change.org/p/reduce-petrol-diesel-prices?recruiter=41888281

Rajat Nagpal

 

 

What to do after a car accident?

Things can get chaotic very fast after a car accident, but following some basic steps can help improve your situation.

With the rapidly increasing number of cars on the road, the likelihood of being in a car accident increases too. To mitigate the damage caused, it’s important you are well informed of the procedure to follow after such an event has occurred. This infographic is dedicated to educate how to tackle any such unfortunate incidents.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/what-to-do-after-a-car-accident-infographic/tomorrowmakersshow/49468009.cms