Vehicle Recall Database Helps Protect Motorists
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency has a database of vehicle recalls and it is important to see if your pride and joy is on it.
Manufacturers monitor the performance of their products once they reach their customers. If the same fault consistently occurs – and it is a significant safety concern rather than a minor reliability gremlin – the company issues a nationwide recall. Owners then present their vehicles at branded dealerships where they are checked and, if necessary, modified. Customers do not have to pay.
Safety recalls are not reserved for poor quality machines, so virtually every manufacturer has to act at some point. This reflects the fact that modern vehicles are complicated and designers cannot anticipate every conceivable long term issue.
How To Check For Recalls
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency database incorporates cars, motorcycles, buses, etc. It can be searched online for free at: http://www.dft.gov.uk/vosa/apps/recalls/default.asp.
The motorist can search by manufacturer and model. He/she can also select a time period that should be when the vehicle was built, not when it was registered. Play safe by choosing a time several months prior to registration and up to the present day. Then click search.
The following page shows any recalls each of which has a reference number. It highlights which models are included, the concern – e.g. the sunroof glass may shatter – VIN numbers and launch/build dates.
Manufacturer Recalls For January 2015
|DVSA reference number||Make and model||Issue|
|R/2014/158||Honda: Civic & Jazz||Driver’s airbag may rupture if deployed|
|R/2014/160||Toyota: Auris, Yaris, Urban Cruiser, IQ & Corolla||Risk of fire|
|R/2014/162||Toyota: Yaris||Driver’s airbag may rupture if deployed|
|R/2014/182||Mercedes-Benz: M Class, SLK, C Class, E-Class, CLS, S Class, CLA, GLA, A Class & B Class||Oil may leak|
|R/2014/183||Mercedes-Benz: Sprinter||Oil may leak|
|R/2014/184||Mercedes-Benz: New Vito, Viano, Vito & V-Class||Oil may leak|
|R/2014/188||BMW: 2-Series, 3-Series, 4-Series & M3 Saloon||Seat belt may malfunction|
|R/2014/190||BMW: i8||Fuel may leak|
|R/2015/010||Chevrolet: T300 Aveo||Vehicle may move unintentionally when gears are engaged|
|R/2015/013||Land Rover: Range Rover 3.0L V6 S/C & 5.0L V8 S/C and Range Rover Sport 3.0L V6 S/C & 5.0L V8 S/C||Possible loss of braking efficiency|
|R/2015/014||Land Rover: Range Rover||Possible loss of braking efficiency|
|R/2015/015||Jaguar: XK||Parking lights may not function as intended|
|RM/2014/046||Honda Motorcycles: CB650F||Engine may stall|