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post #414 of (permalink) Old 24th September 2010
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Re: Renault Scenic - Fire risk - Door mirror control

When it comes to electrical fires the point of ignition doesn't always occur at the point where it may have actually short circuited or damaged. Heat will normally be generated at a point of the highest resistance (which could be a long distance away) or where the cable can't disipate it's heat - usually in areas of high insulation such as being clustered alongside other cabling.

For example many years ago I had an electrical short in a sidelight and the wiring loom inside the steering column shroud burst into flames.

I appreciate this information may be of little help but it may go some way of explaining what may have occurred. If the fault can be decisively proved to be related purely to the replacement window regulator then obviously RUK have a get get-out clause.

In legal terms to prove negligence you have to establish what is referred to as a "causal link" and in this case if the "causal link" can be the direct result of either faulty equipment or workmanship the fault should automatically follow. If in this case it was clearly established the window regulator or fitting was at fault then any claim should follow in that direction and not back to the original constructor.
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