Last month we reported on a Skoda Slavia parked in the basement that caught fire. The incident happened in June and finally the owner received a new brand car.
According to the information, the owner received the new car under the insurance policy. We are not sure if the owner’s insurance paid for the new vehicle or if there was some other arrangement. Nevertheless, the owner has now received the new Slavia and is satisfied with the resolution.
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The resolution comes four months after the incident. Owner Abhishek Bhatia also claims that Skoda officials only acted after videos and posts of the incident went viral on the internet.
Skoda Slavia caught fire on its own
According to the owner, he parked the car at 10 p.m. at night and around 3 a.m. it caught fire on its own. The incident happened in early June this year, but the videos only came out now. In the video, Abhishek Bhatia shows Slavia parked in the basement.
The owner claimed that the Skoda Slavia’s security alarm went off around the same time. Then the guard woke up the family. According to the owner, there were several explosions in the car and the fire was out of control. The owner used several fire extinguishers and even firefighters tried but could not control the fire.
The car was registered in March and the mileage shows that the vehicle has only driven 4,000 km. Abhishek claims he posted the video on Twitter but Skoda officials have asked him to remove the video. He removed the video after multiple requests.
The Skoda India team also came to inspect the vehicle but took no action. Abhishek Bhatia also said that no external modifications or accessories were fitted to the vehicle. It is the top-end variant of the car.
The video further claims that Skoda India asked Abhishek to contact the insurance company directly and make the claim. However, after a four-month wrangling with the insurance company, it was finally said that the inspection had uncovered manufacturing defects. However, Skoda India did not accept the allegations of manufacturing defects and continued the argument.
A car fire is a serious incident. However, this is the only recorded incident so far when the Skoda Slavia caught fire. The fire can have several causes.
The new Skoda Slavia was designed and engineered using the MQB A0-IN platform as a base, replacing the popular Rapid. Since its arrival, the Slavia has proven itself as another popular Skoda sales model. Launched as a petrol-only sedan, the new Skoda Slavia is available with two petrol engine options – a 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder developing 115PS and a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol.
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