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Get safety recalls fixed – or risk prosecution – DVSA warns car dealers

Date: 20-Feb-2018

Motor traders that sell cars with outstanding safety recalls are breaking the law the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) warns today, as it launches a new service designed to help people buying cars – and dealers themselves – check if cars are safe.  

The regulations say that dealers need to get cars with outstanding recalls fixed before selling a car on to a consumer.  If they don’t, they can be prosecuted by Trading Standards.

The rules apply to all commercial sales, from online sellers, authorised dealers and franchises to small, independent High Street firms. 

So, the new check for a car safety recall service uses data supplied by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) to allow anyone wanting to buy a used car, and existing car owners, to check if it has an outstanding safety recall by using its registration number.

The service joins DVSA’s check the MOT history of a vehicle, which allows buyers to check whether a car has a current MOT and has been well maintained.
DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, said:

“DVSA’s priority is to protect you from unsafe drivers and vehicles.

“It’s an offence for a motor dealer to sell a car with an outstanding vehicle safety recall. They need to get it fixed before a car is sold. 

“This new service allows you to check if a specific car has any outstanding vehicle safety recalls, making it potentially dangerous, simply by entering its registration number.”

Mike Hawes, Chief Executive at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said: 

“Car makers in the UK have a world-leading record for successful safety recalls, and dealers need to keep themselves up to date to ensure every used car they sell is safe. This new service using SMMT data now makes that even easier, allowing them to see whether a car has any recalls outstanding at the same time as checking its MOT history.”

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