This paper presents a framework for re-designing a failed automotive component subjected to cyclic loading. In the automotive industry, some parts fail before completing their design life. These failed components have to be re-designed using modern optimisation tools. In this paper, a failed clutch fork was completely re-designed using topology and the shape optimisation approach. Stress-life fatigue analysis was conducted to correlate the crack location between the failed component and the simulation model. A new design proposal was determined with the topology optimisation approach, and then design optimisation by response surface methodology was effectively used to improve the new clutch fork design. The mass reduction obtained was 24%. A maximum stress reduction of 9% was achieved, and the rigidity was improved up to 37% in comparison to the original clutch fork. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.