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MANUFACTURER VEHICLE & PART RECALLS

A vehicle recall occurs when a manufacturer (or the Government) identifies that a vehicle, or part fitted to a vehicle, has a potential safety-related defect.  When this happens, the vehicle manufacturer will alert owners to the problem and offer a free repair.

In the UK recalls are governed by the Government agency DVSA and are only issued when there is a genuine safety concern.  In most cases, recalls are ‘just to be on the safe side’, but sometimes there are very serious examples (e.g. the Takarta airbag recall).

When a manufacturer becomes aware of a potential problem & wants to recall a vehicle, it must contact DVSA, which will issue a recall number. The vehicle manufacturer is then able to accesses ownership data from the DVLA so that current owners of vehicles involved in the recall can be contacted.

Recall.jpgRecalls don’t apply only to cars but also to:

  • motorcycles, quadricycles & tricycles
  • caravans & horse boxes
  • child car seats
  • seat belts & harnesses
  • tyres
  • components & parts
  • agricultural equipment
  • lorries, buses, coaches & minibuses
If a vehicle is subject to a recall the current registered keeper will usually be sent a letter by the manufacturer saying:
  • why it’s being recalled (what the fault is)
  • what needs to be done
  • who to contact

HOW COMMON ARE RECALLS?

Despite what you might think, the number of recalls is very small as a proportion to all vehicles and vehicle parts.  The huge majority of vehicles & vehicle parts are perfectly safe & reliable.

Most vehicles/ parts subject to a recall will be returned to a dealer/ replaced so its extremely unlikely that any will appear in vehicle recycler's premises.

However, the very high profile of the Takarta airbag recall (which may even bankrupt the company) means that some parts/ vehicles should be very carefully checked.


HOW TO CHECK WHETHER YOUR VEHICLE IS SUBJECT TO A RECALL

Simply follow this hyperlink to the Government website:

check if a vehicle model, part or accessory has been recalled

You’ll need to know the:

  • manufacturer
  • model
  • date of manufacture
The recalls database contains information for vehicles since 1992