Motorists can now identify vehicle recalls on a new consumer web portal, launched by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Motor Codes.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Essential recalls can be missed when a vehicle transfers between owners so this portal provides a fast way of checking any safety issues.”
The new service is available online via Motor Codes, the automotive industry’s government-approved regulatory body, and is funded and managed by the SMMT.
Mark Terry, Managing Director at Motor Codes, said, “Motor Codes is the automotive industry watchdog and consumer champion, so we are well placed to deliver this service.”
The UK’s vehicle recall process, administered by the DVSA, UK consistently exceeds a 90 per cent repair rate – one of the most successful compliance records anywhere in the world, and some two and a half times higher than the average rate for all consumer goods in the UK.
The new service also provides consumers with guidance on what to do in the event of an outstanding recall and allows users to link directly to their local dealer to arrange any necessary repair work.
A recent survey, conducted by OSV, has found that 92 per cent of garages do not check for outstanding recalls, with 43 per cent only checking on the request of the owner.
Click ‘More Details’ below to check the safety recall status of almost any given car or van.