Renault has said there's nothing wrong with the bonnet catches on its MkII Clio models, but will inspect and remedy all cars for free.
The offer comes after several incidents were reported of bonnets flying open while the cars were being driven.
Renault set up its own task force, comprised of its own worldwide engineering, production, safety, after-sales, maintenance and customer service departments, to find out if there was anything wrong with the design or operation of the catch.
The results of these tests are now through, and Renault says there is nothing wrong with the catch. In a press release issued yesterday, it says 'Renault has liaised fully with the independent governing body, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), on the issue and both Renault and VOSA have concluded that the bonnet catch mechanism of the Clio II has no design or construction defect'.
Renault is not issuing an official recall on the matter, but it is writing to all MkII Clio owners to ask them to take the cars to their nearest Renault dealer. There, the opening and closing mechanisms of the bonnet will be checked to ensure the correct maintenance is being undertaken.
Renault is offering to remedy for free any catches where there has been poor maintenance.
Renault says that the mechanism of the bonnet catch is safe, reliable and fit for purpose, providing the vehicle is correctly maintained and the bonnet is closed as prescribed.
Of the cases where bonnet catches did fly open, Renault says 'Our investigations discovered several cases of poor maintenance on Clio IIs where the bonnet had opened whilst the car was being driven.'
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