SMMT launches online car recall tool

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Motor Codes, has launched a Vehicle Safety Recall search tool, which operates using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The idea is that car owners and buyers can check if their vehicle is subject to an outstanding safety recall.

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).

The number of vehicles repaired following a recall campaign in the UK consistently exceeds 90 per cent – one of the most successful compliance records anywhere in the world, and some two and a half times higher than the average rate for all consumer goods in the UK.

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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