Vehicle recalls and safety defects

Guidance and forms for recalls and safety defects, download recall data, and issues which could result in a safety issue occurring if they are not fixed.

Check if a vehicle, part or accessory has been recalled

You can check if a vehicle, part or accessory has been recalled because of a serious safety problem.

You need to get it fixed or replaced by the manufacturer if there’s a problem. You will not usually have to pay for any repairs or parts.

Find out more about vehicle recalls and faults

You can also download a list of all recall information since 1992 if you’re researching vehicle recalls.

Report a serious safety defect

If you find a serious defect that affects the safety of your vehicle, one of its parts, or an accessory, report it to the manufacturer immediately.

Tell the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if you’re not happy with how the manufacturer is dealing with your report.

Report a serious safety defect

Registered vehicle issues

These bulletins sets out vehicle issues that fall outside of the scope of a safety recall.

These are issues which could result in a safety issue occurring in the future if they aren’t fixed.

Codes of practice

The agreed codes of practice between the government and vehicle industry on how vehicle recalls and safety defects are dealt with.

Industry and manufacturer guides

How manufacturers should recall vehicles, and how the used vehicle industry should deal with recalled vehicles when selling them on.


Published 17 July 2013
Last updated 21 July 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Vehicle recalls and faults poster' to the document collection.

  2. Added 'Vehicle manufacturers' non-code actions, January 2016 to June 2016' to the document collection.

  3. Vehicle manufacturers' non-code actions, January 2015 to June 2015 has now been added.

  4. The 'Consumers' guide to vehicle safety recalls' has been added to the document collection.

  5. First published.