Toyota Etios caught fire due to manufacturing defect: IFTRT

Earlier investigations revealed that a short circuit caused by unreliable wiring done by a private mechanic, was the cause of the fire that engulfed Toyota Etios. The driver of this car at that time, 38 year old Amit Moga was charred to death.

Toyota Etios caught fire due to manufacturing defectThe incident occurred at the Outer Ring road in Mangolpuri are when Mr Moga was returning to his godown in Sultanpuri area. Eyewitnesses at the scene of the fire state that the Toyota Etios driven by Moga suddenly caught fire as it entered Peera Garhi Chowk. Despite several attempts to extricate Moga from the cabin, automatic locking mechanism sealed the doors. On-lookers even tried to break the windows from a distance but all attempts failed and Moga choked to death on the fumes.

While investigations are on, fingers now point to manufacturing defects on board the Toyota Etios. Indian Foundation of Transport Research & Training (IFTRT) has been investigating the case. According to IFTRT, as there was no CNG kit installed in the said vehicle, it appears that the reason for fire is overheating due to serious technical and manufacturing defects.

The car was purchased on 12th March 2012 and since then has only been serviced by authorized service personnel of the company. Its last servicing was done on 8th November 2013, post which it ran 11,941 kms. The dealership which serviced the car, has stated that Mr Moga’s car was serviced as per norms stated by the manufacturer.

Toyota India has not said anything on the incident yet.

via Times of India