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New online recalls search tool launched

The Vehicle Safety Recall search tool, which operates using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), can be used for both cars and vans to check if the vehicle is subject to an outstanding safety recall.

Users will also be directed to their nearest dealer so that any necessary remedial work can be carried out as quickly as possible. The new service is available online via Motor Codes, the automotive industry’s government-approved regulatory body, and is funded and managed by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).  

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “The UK vehicle recall process is one of the most robust in the world, and manufacturers are constantly striving to make it even better. Essential recalls can be missed when a vehicle transfers between owners so this portal provides a fast way of checking any safety issues. Vehicle manufacturers are committed to delivering the highest standards of safety and record keeping, to ensure the UK’s excellent vehicle safety record is maintained.” 

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.