Close call for Harold Wood driver as bonnet flips up
PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 March 2015
A woman is thanking her lucky stars after she escaped without major injury when her car bonnet flipped open on an A-road.
Rosie Harlock, from Harold Wood, was on the way to meet her friend when the incident happened on the A127 near Ardleigh Green.
The 22-year-old, who bought her 2001 Renault Clio Campus 18 months ago, hit her head on the steering wheel before a police officer nearby guided her off the road.
Rosie said: “It came up out of nowhere and smashed the windscreen. I flew forward and smacked my head on the steering wheel. It was terrifying.
“A policeman came to help but couldn’t get the bonnet down.”
Rosie’s mum Sara Harlock claims there is a defect with the model.
She said: “It could have been a lot worse, she could have been killed and now the car is not driveable.
“She’s only 22 and she’s going to lose her no claims bonus if we go through insurance.”
Disgruntled car owner Rosie has left the car parked up and says the incident is not worth losing her no claims bonus over.
A Renault spokesman said: “We have identified where there is incorrect maintenance of the opening and closing mechanisms of the vehicle’s bonnet, or the bonnet not being closed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, it may lead to the bonnet opening whilst driving.
He added: “The bonnet catch mechanism on the Clio II is safe, reliable and fit for purpose providing the vehicle is maintained correctly and the bonnet is closed as prescribed.
“We have written to all owners on several occasions to make them aware of their responsibility to check and correctly maintain the bonnet catch mechanisms on their vehicle.”
Clio owners, who have any concerns are being urged to visit an approved Renault dealership for a free bonnet catch check on their vehicles.