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Re: BBC Watchdog report :: Faulty Renault Clio bonnet catches

Without wishing to defend Vosa's competence or incompetence, I would just like to explain how I read the Vosa man's much-quoted statement:

The Code defines a safety defect as a ‘feature of design or construction liable to cause a significant risk of personal injury or death'.

To me, the statement does not imply that a bonnet flying up is not a safety issue.

Instead it makes the point that Vosa considers a safety defect as one which is caused by 'a feature of design or construction'. (Bald tyres and worn brakes are life-threatening issues but presumably would not come under Vosa's definition of a 'safety defect' because they are not a 'feature of design or construction'.)

In Vosa's eyes - as it has implied - a safety catch which has seized open belongs to the category of problems that may be dangerous but are not caused by bad design or construction.
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