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Every year, around 1 million vehicles are recalled to dealers for a safety check and/or rectification work under the official vehicle safety recall scheme. This scheme is overseen by the Vehicle Safety Branch of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), and works closely with vehicle and component manufacturers and the DVLA.
This recall scheme applies to a wide range of vehicle types and safety defects that can occur in these vehicles. Over recent years, these recalls have most commonly affected brakes, fuel, airbags, steering or seat belts.
More often than not, the term 'recall' can have negative connotations and can cause you to distrust your vehicles manufacturer. Here at Lexus Birmingham and Leeds, we never want you to feel like you can't rely on our vehicles. Recalls are our way of showing that we care, ensuring that your safety and quality expectations are upheld.
You can find out more about vehicle recalls below, or alternatively you can contact Lexus Birmingham or Leeds to ensure complete piece of mind.
What is a Safety Defect?
A safety defect is a failure due to either design or construction, which is likely to have an affect on safe operation of the vehicle, posing a significant risk to the driver, occupants or other road users.
These defects can often involve sudden and catastrophic failure with little or no warning to enable the driver to take preventative action, and cannot normally be identified by routine maintenance checks or obvious changes to the vehicle’s normal performance.
What do I do if I receive a recall notice?
It's important that you ensure your vehicle is maintained in both a safe and roadworthy condition, so by ignoring a safety recall you could be committing an offence of using a defective vehicle. It may also affect any insurance claim you might make.
It's important to act promptly so that you don't put yourself, your passengers and other road users at risk. Follow the instructions given by Lexus in the correspondance, or contact Lexus Birmingham or Leeds if you need any help.