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Right all, I've stumbled upon something with our recent chats and discussions.
VOSA and Renault have simply looked at the post-incident cases right? They have looked at the conditions of the catches right? All this proves is that something was potentially wrong with the catch mechanism (maintenance, performance related - or specific to the state of the main/safety catch (i.e. safety catch "not engaged")). Are we clear so far?
Right here's the magic question - has either organisation actually attempted to "replicate" the various potential causes, i.e. create test scenario's and test it with a physical car. AND then look at the evidence post-tests?
This is far more scientific then simply trying to tug at a bonnet and say yet them "seems secure to me", or assuming a report / assessment completed by the manufacture is sound!
VOSA have simply shown that the VSB are not able to complete any such replications - for some reason. Their role seems to be (although I am unclear on this) to investigate post-incident cases! Maybe we are dealing with the wrong department of VOSA then?
An example, when they test cars roll-bars or seat-belts, or child-seats performance - they "replicate" this in a controlled environment. This was what we should expect. I cannot believe this point was staring us in the face for all this time and has not been raised yet!
Currently in brigatti's garage:
2009 Audi A4 1.4 TFSI