Hacked Off '05 Vectra Owner!!
Hi Fellow Posters,
Hope I get the formatting correct, as this is my debut posting!
Whilst calling at my local Cooperative store today, I parked in the store's car-park as normal, engaged the handbrake and exited the car.
5 minutes later upon my return, I initially thought I was having one of those moments, as 45 year olds sometimes do, as my car was not in the space that I was pretty certain that my car had previously occupied. Within a couple of seconds I suddenly realised that my senses had not altogether deserted me, as to my sheer horror, I caught sight of my Vectra at the opposite side of the car-park, resting against a silver Clio Sport, obviously having rolled down the incline.
On running across to the car I discovered upon opening it that the handbrake lever was in the down-position. I have been driving long enough to say with some conviction that I cannot believe that I would have parked the car with the handbrake incorrectly applied.
Fortunately, both cars were relatively insignificantly damaged, although given the age of both cars, it's going to have to be a claim on the Insurance policy. I consider it scandalous that Vauxhall appear to be taking a scant disregard to what is obviously a serious design defect!! Obviously a 'Warning' sticker on the inside of the sun-visor should make it OK then!! I've only just noticed it by the way, as a consequence of reading the info. on these postings.
Shame on you GM, whilst my sorry tale only affects the Clio owner and myself in respect of this incident, it could have been an infirm pensioner or a young mum pushing a pram who were taken out, thank god it wasn't but this is a very busy store and the consequences could have been far worse!!
I intend to take this further and will be asking my Legal Representatives to have a go at Vauxhall.
And there was me thinking that it was only the Indicators on this car that Vauxhall had got wrong?? I could go on, but that's another story!
Can I suggest that anyone affected by a safety defect (VOSA defines a safety defect as "a feature of design or construction liable to cause significant risk of personal injury or death") to contact VOSA 01179543300 and ask for a VSDR100 to be posted to them, complete the form and return.
I doubt many people have done this, and for VOSA to be aware of how prevalent the problem they need the feedback to be able to force the manufacturer to rectify any faults.
vauxhall astra handbrake failure
Exactly the same thing happened to me last night (31/3/08). I have a 2006 astra. I came home from work and parked the car on my drive which has a slight incline. Five minutes later the doorbell rang. The car had rolled off the drive and down the road, crashing into a neighbour's car which was parked on the roadside. I am 100% certain the handbrake was left on - had it not been the car would have started rolling down the drive immediately and I would definitely have noticed. I live on a quiet cul de sac where there are often children playing in the street. I am just so thankful that on this occasion there was no one out in the street to get hurt. I have had the car since August and chose for the first time to buy a newish car as I felt it would be more reliable. I can't believe that the handbrake can just fail in this way.
Originally Posted by mike t
NEVER EVER rely on a handbrake! Leave the car in gear and this can't happen!
Originally Posted by Angela K
Asra handbrake failure
Handbrake failed to hold on my Astra. 20 minutes after I parked it. Vauxhall say nothing wrong with handbrake. Please advise
Originally Posted by lawscot
I have never had a problem with a handbrake letting go because I NEVER trust the damned thing in the first place - I always leave my vehicle in gear, as I was taught in the "bad" old days!
Same thing happened with my Astra. Have you taken legal advice? Am reporting my incident to VOSA as suggested by post by lawscot
Originally Posted by lawscot
Sorry, what I meant to ask was...please advise me how to poceed with my comlaint as Vauxhall have categorically denied that there is a fault with their handbrake system. I have witness statements to the incident of my Astra rolling backwards with the handbrake on. It demolished a fence and damaged the back of my car. I live in Alderley Edge and would like to know the solicitor contact details in Manchester who is dealing with similar incidents. Thanks
Astra rolled away ...
I've had the same happen to my 07 plate astra. Vauxhall say that the fault is with the Vectra's and not the Corsa's / Astra's... which is crazy considering how many people this has happened too. What is the best way to go about it ? Watchdog advised me to go to Trading Standards.
Vosa have apparently denied that there this anything wrong with them aswell as vauxhaul.
Hate to be arguementitive but driving instructors now teach you not to leave your car in gear. Also, it can damage your gearbox if you get hit while its parked.
Originally Posted by Watcher