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According to MG, the fire was caused by the presence of foreign material in the engine bay that caught fire due to high temperatures. It was only last week that a video of an MG Hector on fire went viral. The video was watched by tens of thousands and a few hundred people shared the video.
Some people immediately resorted to mudslinging and accused MG of producing a low-quality vehicle. Some others exercised restraint and decided to wait for an official investigation. Well, MG Motor India claims to have conducted not one, but two investigations.
A statement put out by MG quotes the brand as saying, "We immediately started two sets of investigations. One team comprised of our internal team of expert engineers especially trained on such issues at MG Motor. At the same time, we contacted an independent external agency under Government to investigate the details and determine the root cause."
The teams undertaking the investigation came to the same conclusion, and MG Motor India has now made the same clear. The teams found the internal wiring, electrical connections and oil and fuel lines to be intact at the time when the fire erupted.
According to MG, the fire was started by a foreign object in the engine area. The object - now purported to be a piece of cloth that might have been used to clean the car - was found in a charred condition near the high temperature zone, which is near the exhaust manifold.
The heat in the area might have set the cloth on fire, which then spread to the other parts under the bonnet, eventually engulfing the entire front-end, as seen in the video. MG's statement on the matter also made it clear that the owner of the car that caught fire is satisfied with the way the company has dealt with the situation and investigated the fire.
Thoughts On MG Motor India's Statement Regarding The Hector That Caught Fire
MG Motor India has acted responsibly in the matter by investigating the incident thoroughly. Though the owner of the car may be satisfied with MG's response, this entire incident once again emphasizes the need for proper maintenance. Proper maintenance of a vehicle is not just getting the car serviced on time. It is also about looking carefully at things that could be dangerous.