Vehicle Safety Recall Search Tool Launched in the United Kingdom

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In the United States of America, the so-called “Year of the Recalls,” saw General Motors, Takata and many more automotive companies hit hard by the long arm of the law. Last year’s chaos made the NHTSA focus on facilitating access to recall information for the consumer. We’re happy to announce that a search tool similar to the one at is now up and running for the British motorist at
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, joined by Motor Codes - the automotive industry’s government-approved regulatory body, developed the Vehicle Safety Recall search tool. Similar to its US-bound counterpart, the system uses the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to tell the owner or prospective buyer if a car is recalled.

Administered by the UK’s Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, the vehicle recall process is said to be “already stringent and highly successful.” According to data from the DVSA, the percentage of vehicles repaired following a recall campaign in the United Kingdom “exceeds 90%.” That’s two and a half times better than the average rate for all consumer goods recalled in the United Kingdom.

Other than keying the 17-character VIN found in the car’s log book (V5C) and in the vehicle itself, the user is instructed on what to do in the event of a recall, allowing the user to link directly to the nearest dealer for repairs. Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT, is adamant that: “Essential recalls can be missed when a vehicle transfers between owners so this portal provides a fast way of checking any safety issues.”

Managing Director of Motor Codes Mark Terry states that the agency is “committed to helping UK motorists identify if their car has an outstanding vehicle safety recall issue and to enabling manufacturers to meet their obligations in rectifying these issues.” Considering that 36 million cars and light commercial vehicles are on British roads at the present moment, we salute this solution.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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