Online Tools - Check For Car Recalls

Posted on 12 May 2017 by CarTakeBack

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Car recalls have been in the news lately. Recalls are rare, but when they do happen they are usually recalled by car makers as a precaution. They want to check or repair a specific part of the car after faults or abnormal wear comes to light. There's no cost to the owner of the car, but sometimes people aren't aware of this and the uptake from the public can be surprisingly low.

An example of this would be a recent Nissan Micra recall, this was over concerns that part of the steering wheel might gradually work its way loose. There was a relatively high uptake of around 65% from owners. In comparison, a recall of certain models of the BMW 3 Series, in which the passenger side airbag needed to be checked after reports of them overfilling, just 1.5% of owners actually took the manufacturers up on their offer to check for the problem!

When car makers are aware of a problem with a vehicle, they register it with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). DVLA then provides the car maker with the details of all owners of the related vehicle, so they can contact the owners by either email, phone or post to notify them.

Sometimes recall requests are missed by car owners, but it's easy to check if your car has ever been recalled.

How to check if your car has been recalled

Simple guide to check if your car has been recalled

Read more from our series on online tools - How to check the MOT history of a car 

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