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Renault Laguna 2 - Rear Axle Bolts Coming Loose

Driving along quite happy, nice sunny day when the back wheel locks and I drag into the verge.
I get out and the left hand axle mounting bolt is out and the rear wheel is jammed back against the wing!

After waiting three hours for the RAC,(in which time i had trundled up the road and found the bolt some 150 yards back) my son turns up with sockets and another jack, so I put the axle back on. No apparent problems so I drive gingerly back home.
This morning I lift the back of the car and amazingly there is very little damage, brakes, wiring headlight leveling all ok!
I whip the bolt out of both sides and refit with large amounts of threadlock and torque up to 80NM as per manual.
Now my worry is that I did the axle bushes some 6 months ago and torqued the bolts down with threadlock then. Also the side that stayed on had a bolt that was not too tight itself.
I will now be checking these bolts on a regular basis as apart from being stupified by the design of a swing arm type axle with a flat pivot mounted in rubber, I now have to worry about the single bolt holding each side in coming loose.
I'm sure it was not anything I did as having worked on bike for 30 years you know that one silly mistake can get you killed.
Has anyone else experienced anything like this. I am beginning to think I have bought a lemmon!
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