Vehicle recalls and faults

2. Recalled vehicles, parts and accessories

If your vehicle is recalled for a safety reason, you’ll usually be sent a letter by the manufacturer telling you:

  • why it’s being recalled
  • what you need to do next
  • who you should contact

You won’t usually have to pay for any repairs or parts under a safety recall.

Other ways of finding out about recalls

You won’t get a letter if the manufacturer doesn’t have your contact details, eg for car child seats.

You can check if a vehicle model, part or accessory has been recalled for a safety reason.

What you need to do

You’re legally responsible for making sure that your vehicle is:

  • kept in a safe condition
  • safe to drive whenever you drive it

If you don’t get your vehicle inspected and fixed, you could:

  • affect any insurance claim you make
  • put yourself and others at serious risk

You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.