Car recalls are issued when the manufacturer finds that a particular car model – or even several models – has some kind of defect or does not comply with safety standards, and this is a fairly common thing. Over a million cars each year are recalled, due to safety problems or to address any other issues. When this occurs, the manufacturers will inform the owners that there is a problem, and usually, offer to fix it free of charge. So, what happens if you don’t comply?
Being aware of a safety issue with your car and not addressing it can lead to prosecution, as all motorists have an obligation to keep their vehicles in a safe and roadworthy condition. Remember, driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition not only comes with 3 penalty points, but you will also be charged up to £2,500. Also, failing to comply with a recall order can affect your insurance, as well as the obvious fact of putting yourself, your passengers and other road users at serious risk. So, what happens when your vehicle is recalled?
The manufacturer will contact you via letter, telling you why your vehicle is recalled and what to do next. Manufacturers do generally know if there is a fault with a model of car and will inform you promptly. However, if your vehicle is second hand, it may still have a fault that you must address that the previous owner failed to deal with. If you have any concerns, you can go to the gov.uk website to see if your car, apart, or any accessories have been recalled. You will need your VIN (car’s registration number), as well as your car’s manufacturer, the model and the year it was made.
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