Vehicle Recall look up facility now available to the public

Published Date: 11th Jun 2015

As a motorist in the UK you can now check your vehicle online for any manufacturer safety re-calls, using 17 character VIN no.

A safety recall is defined as where the manufacturer recalls the vehicle for safety reasons under the DVSA safety recall scheme. If the manufacturer of your vehicle is a participant in the scheme, this service can indicate if your vehicle may have an outstanding safety recall.

To check the recall statuses of your vehicle just enter the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). The VIN is a string of 17 characters including letters and numbers. It is recorded on the vehicle's V5 Certificate (log book) and on the vehicle itself - usually on the driver's side door pillar, on the windscreen or dashboard or under the bonnet. If you cannot find the VIN or if your VIN is not 17 characters contact the vehicle's manufacturer or one of their main dealers for advice.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, explained, “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.”

The new service is available online via Motor Codes (, the automotive industry’s government-approved regulatory body, and is funded and managed by the SMMT.

Mark Terry, Managing Director at Motor Codes, announced, “Motor Codes is the automotive industry watchdog and consumer champion, so we are well placed to deliver this service.  We are committed to helping UK motorists identify if their car has an outstanding vehicle safety recall issue and to enabling manufacturers to meet their obligations in rectifying these issues”.


You can check your vehicle re-call status HERE