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Clio bonnet catch

Hi - although I own one of the older Clio's (1994 to be exact and the bonnet open forward so little risk of it blowing up) can someone clearly say which catch is failing - is it the primary locking mechanism or the secondary safety catch - or is it both. In my past experience I have never seen a person close a bonnet as clearly recommended in the hand-book which says "Hold the bonnet about 9" (22cm) and let it drop onto its catch and then check it is secure". I am fairly certain the Clio problem has nothing to do with driver or whoever closed it last - but I've seen it happen on other vehicles were it was down to poor maintenace and incorrect closing procedures. Generally I find most bonnet catches on most cars to very poor - because if you were going to race or rally your grannies wee car the first thing scrutineers look for is an additional positive locking mechanism. I think that speaks for itself. Further comment would be appreciated.
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