Car fires can be devastating to the owner, especially if the vehicle is in stock condition. Here is an incident from Gujarat that shows a Tata Harrier Dark edition catching fire. The owner claims that the car caught fire on its own while it was parked on the side of the road. Here is what happened.
According to the owner Kunal Boghara, he drove the Tata Harrier with his wife and his newly married cousin and his wife. After a drive of about 15 km, he parked the vehicle on the side of the road and went upstairs. After 15 mins of parking the vehicle, at about 1:30 AM when the fire started in the car.
The security guard first tried to put out the fire by pouring buckets of water but after failing to do so, he called the owner of the car. The owner Kunal called the fire bridge and they took about 20 minutes to reach the spot. When the fire brigade put out the fire, it completely gutted the vehicle. The videos indicate that the fire spread through the body of the vehicle quite rapidly.
The owner says that the vehicle was in stock condition and there were no aftermarket accessories installed. It was the top-end XZA+ variant, which means that comes with all the bells and whistles.
Harrier was recently serviced
Kunal says that the vehicle was recently serviced by the authorised service centre of Tata Motors. The last paid service was on 3rd November 2022. He bought the car on 27th July 2021, which means that the vehicle was still covered under the official warranty of Tata Motors.
However, Kunal revealed that he was facing a battery issue. A few weeks ago, the battery of his Tata Harrier XZA had drained completely and the service centre charged the battery and put it back. However, the battery drained completely in three days again. That’s when the service centre replaced the old battery with a new one.
Kunal also says that an investigation by Tata Motors suggests that the fire started in the bonnet area of the car. The security guard also confirmed that the fire started in the bonnet on the driver’s side. Kunal wants an explanation of why the car caught fire.
Car catching fire sure is a major incident but it is an isolated incident. There is no other instance where such an incident has happened.
Tata Harrier facelift in works
Tata is working on a facelift of the Harrier. The Harrier received a midlife update at the beginning of 2022, after which the SUV has only received minor feature additions and new colour schemes. Given that the competition is intensifying with newer rivals, Tata is said to be working on the first major design update of the Harrier.
Even in the facelifted version, the new Tata Harrier will retain its 2.0-litre diesel engine, which produces 170 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque and is offered with 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox options. It might also receive a new option of a turbocharged petrol engine rumoured about for a long now.