To ask the Secretary of State for Transport
(1) how many representations have been received by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency requesting the recall of Renault Clio/Campus cars in relation to concerns about design of the bonnet catch mechanism; and what steps are being taken;
(2) whether his Department plans to investigate reports of a design fault to the bonnet mechanism of Renault Clios manufactured between 1998 and 2005.
VOSA has checked both the main catch and the safety catch of Renault Clio II vehicles and has found no evidence of a design or construction defect. The evidence indicates that any problems are most likely to be due to inadequate maintenance and incorrect closing of the bonnet.
We understand that Renault has nevertheless agreed to contact all Renault Clio II customers as soon as is practicable inviting them to have a free check carried out at their nearest Renault dealership. We also understand that where poor maintenance is detected—and the bonnet catch mechanism has suffered resulting damage—Renault will replace the mechanism free of charge as a gesture of good will.