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post #636 of (permalink) Old 7th April 2007
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Renault going to court over Mr Holt's remarks...

Renault Considers Suing Whistleblower - The Car Connection

"Renault is considering taking court action against a former employee who has blown the whistle on alleged safety issues with one of its cars.

Graeme Holt was until recently a long-standing PR manager with the French company's U.K. operation, but left his role just before the Geneva Motor Show. This week he appeared on a popular and highly respected British primetime TV consumer investigations show called Watchdog.

For the last year Watchdog has been reporting on claims that the Renault Clio II has an unsafe hood that can fly up into the windshield at speed because the catch fails. Renault has consistently denied there's been a problem, saying it was all down the customers not closing it properly. The complaints to Watchdog and Renault have now topped 1000, with many reports of accidents. Holt appeared on the show saying the car maker knows it has a problem and is gambling with drivers' lives by not issuing a recall.

Renault continues to maintain that the hood on the Clio II has no design or build defect. However, it's now recalling more than 400,000 U.K. cars to have the system checked. Ironically, that's all the Watchdog reporters were calling for when they first broadcast the story a year ago.

Renault refutes the claim that it is putting lives at risk or that there's been a cover-up. Asked whether Holt could be sued for his comments a Renault spokeswoman said: "As this matter may be subject to court proceedings we would prefer to say nothing further at this stage.

Hmmm....that's a sign of desperation right?

By view, yes Renault go to court, lets hear what the court has got to say...they will have to publish evidence which counters ALL of the allegations that Mr Holt made...if they can't prove that his comments are untrue, then Mr Holt is able to share his views (unless they contravene any NDAs which Mr Holt might have signed with Renault?).

We'll see on the developments here!

Luckily, they are not (yet) taking legal actions against comments I've made, so this could mean that they accept that the comments are valid Either that or they are frightened to drag this whole matter through the courts!


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