Morgan will offer owners uprated wishbones after a failure during an Autocar test
Matt Prior
28 October 2012

Morgan has introduced strengthened components for its 3 Wheeler following a suspension failure during an Autocar track test.

In the incident, which took place during Autocar’s annual Britain’s Best Driver’s Car test, the front wishbones were bent and a front wheel was detached.

Morgan’s engineers believe the lower wishbone failed because it had been weakened during previous track use. They said the wishbones’ failure under braking preceded the top and bottom ball joints detaching, which left the right front wheel loose. That grounded the chassis, which seriously damaged the car and made steering impossible.

Morgan says the wishbones are “suitably designed for their intended purpose”, but that if “pushed beyond the limits of normal road/sport driving — ie, track days, off-road driving and accidental high impacts — the wishbones may get damaged”. If they are not then replaced, a subsequent total failure similar to that of our test car’s could occur.

Morgan has since increased the strength of production wishbones by 20 per cent “to allow a larger safety margin to cover people using their cars for experiences beyond normal road driving conditions”.

Morgan has said it will supply new lower wishbones free to existing owners who want them. They will take an hour to fit, but Morgan insists it is not issuing a recall.

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28 October 2012

If they are not going to recall customer's cars, they had better hope no American customers have accidents that can be attributed to front suspension failure.

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

21 November 2012

Frightmare Bob wrote:

If they are not going to recall customer's cars, they had better hope no American customers have accidents that can be attributed to front suspension failure.

ffxiv gil Yeah.I like this kind of car.Wish it will not cost me a lot. ffxi gil

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28 October 2012

A DIY job? Yeah, the Yanks are going to love that!! (Oh well, I suppose they've only had 80-odd years to perfect the design).

28 October 2012

lucky for Morgan the cars only got one pair of wishbones to replace!

alfie

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28 October 2012

Maybe it's just me, but I wouldn't go behind the wheel of that thing if I was paid to.  It just looks so unstable.  I'm also quite taken aback with Morgan's response - poor effort on their part.  I would have expected a better response from them.

28 October 2012

If you check the previous thread on the Morgan Three Wheeler, I commented that to me the layout of the spring/damper unit looked like appalling engineering . The spring/damper unit attaches to the bottom wishbone roughly at two thirds of its length instead of going to the furthest point out as would be normal engineering convention, as is, the bottom suspension swivel is effectively on an unsupported part of the wishbone , a third of the wishbone is in a nasty bending configuration . 

28 October 2012

Looks like a case of image over substance. Although it clearly worked on Autocar as they got their 5 star rating with their obviously shonky products. Reflects badly on Autocar I'm afraid.

28 October 2012

Looks like a case of image over substance. Although it clearly worked on Autocar as they got their 5 star rating with their obviously shonky products. Reflects badly on Autocar I'm afraid.

Lovin the word....Shonky.. 

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