Vehicle recalls and faults

Faults with vehicles, parts and accessories

Faults in the way vehicles, vehicle parts and accessories are designed or made have to be registered with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if they:

  • mean it could become unsafe in the future if it’s not fixed
  • could mean that the vehicle, part or accessory no longer meets the legal standard

Other types of general faults are not registered with DVSA.

How you’ll be told about faults

If you own something affected, you might be sent a letter by the manufacturer telling you:

  • what the fault is
  • what you need to do next
  • who you should contact

You usually do not have to pay to get the fault fixed.

Other ways of finding out about faults

You can check if your vehicle, part or accessory is listed as having a registered fault in the ‘vehicle manufacturers’ non-code action bulletins’.

What you need to do

You do not have to do anything about the fault if you do not want to. However, not getting it fixed could mean that:

  • it becomes unsafe in the future
  • your vehicle fails its next MOT

Example Your vehicle could become unsafe if the vehicle manual has the wrong tyre pressure recommendation in it.

Example Your vehicle would fail its MOT if the manufacturer had put the wrong Vehicle Identification number (VIN) on it and you did not get it fixed.