I just thought I'd add an update to this story.I know a lot of people have contacted VOSA about the problem and have been dissapointed that there has been a refusal to issue a safety recall on all Clio 2's,but VOSA haven't been completely ignoring the people that contacted them.
On the computer system that is used for MOT's now there is a section called the VSI which is the Vehicle Specific Information.This has a section that flags any possible issues with the car we are about to test and any things to pay special attention to.Up until now the section hasn't been used,but the Renault Clio 2 has the dubious pleasure of being the first model to be 'flagged',and it's for possible problems with the bonnet catches 'due to poor maintenance'.
The information is printed on the check sheet that is used when carrying out an MOT,and although I forget the exact wording,it brings the problem to the testers awareness.
I know this may sound like 'too little too late',but at least it advertises the fact that there concerns with the catches.I must admit,if it wasn't for me being a member of this forum I wouldn't have known about any problem with them,so this is at least alerting people in the trade and then this can be reported to the owner of the car.
I know it's not a recall,but at least VOSA are listening.