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How To Check For Vehicle Recalls

Vehicle Recalls Affect Thousands of Motorists

Thousands of cars have been recalled in recent years due to potentially life threatening faults. As such it is important to ensure your vehicle is safe via the Vehicle & Operator Services Agency Recall Database (VOSA). This relates to cars, motorbikes, tyres, wheels, etc. Simply visit, select “vehicle recalls”, and choose a period to search such as March 2005 to January 2007. Remember to include the months before your car was registered as its build date is the key factor. Then select the manufacturer and model and click “search”. The database then presents its results which could be minimal or exhaustive. This typically includes a table that among other things reveals the: recall reference numbers, the concerns, and the relevant vehicle identification numbers (VINs). Selecting a recall number reveals more information and recommends a course of action such as “tighten x”. Manufacturers should rectify faults without charge. They should also take reasonable steps to inform consumers that they have a problem. The DVLA maintains a database of registered keepers of vehicles, but it is the supplier of the car who ‘should take all reasonable action to contact affected owners.’ Owners receive a letter from the supplier explaining the reasons for a recall and what they should do about it. However, it is easy to miss out if you move house or the letter gets lost in the post. It is therefore important to refer to VOSA.

Vehicle Recall Examples

Virtually every car manufacturer has to issue a recall at some point. They come irrespective of price, prestige, class, and how their vehicles are treated. Recent problems included: unscheduled deployment of air-bags, engine hesitation, brake callipers that detached, suspension weaknesses, disconnected prop shafts, tyre tread failures, and fuel leaks. There have also been less serious concerns relating to rear window wipers and stalling engines. Considering what vehicles cost it is reasonable to suggest that this is unacceptable. In certain cases that is true – but it is also inevitable. Why? Because new cars are staggeringly complicated. As such they contain thousands of components that are thrashed over tens of thousands of miles. Consider, for example, the pistons that pump furiously thousands of times a minute and the suspension that constantly charges over rough surfaces. Then there is the weather. The metals, plastics, rubbers, and electronics survive freezing temperatures one day then burning heat the next. Plus thousands of people worldwide are involved with designing/building every new model. Imagine the potential for errors and unforeseen wear on that scale. Cars must also be affordable so there is a limit to how far they can be tested. It is a miracle they work at all.

UK vehicles affected in brand recall

Vehicle safety recalls

Vehicle recalls for March 2013 are included in the list below. For further information on any of these recalls visit,
VOSA Reference Number Make and Model Issue
R/2013/028 Ford - Transit Possible brake failure
R/2013/043 Mazda – 6 Fire may occur
R/2013/037 Citroen – C-Zero Possible loss of braking assistance
R/2013/038 iOn Possible loss of braking assistance
R/2013/036 Scania - P, G and R series Directional stability and control may be affected
R/2013/017 Mercedes – M-Class Accelerator pedal may be impeded by floor mat
R/2013/018 Mitsubishi Truck – Canter Fuel may leak
R/2013/026 Peugeot – 3008 & 5008 Spot welds may not hold
R/2013/027 Fiat – Abarth 500c Door panel may cause injury
R/2013/044 Vauxhall – Mokka Steering wheel may detach
R/2013/030 Citroen – DS5 Spot welds may not hold
R/2013/031 Mercedes - S-class, E-class, C-class. SLK, CL-class Fuel may leak
R/2013/029 Mitsubishi - i-MEV Braking may be affected
R/2013/040 Iveco- Eurocargo Dash warning light may fail to illuminate
R/2013/034 Renault- Megane sports tourer Rear spoiler may become detached
RM/2013/007 Triumph – Tiger 1050, Tiger 800, Speed Triple, Street Triple and Daytona Indicator stem may not function correctly