If the manufacturer declares a car recall, it´s almost always due to a serious defect that may endanger road safety, the health of the crew, or may have a negative impact on the environment.
This is why it´s worthwhile even with older cars to check the VIN code of the vehicle in an authorized service. You can find out whether there has been a recall for your car in the past, and if the problem has been resolved by the previous owner.
It does not matter how old the car is and how many owners it has. There is no time limit to correct these defects and there is no risk of losing the claim due to delay. Dangerous defects within the recalls are repaired free of charge.
The Rapid Alert System enables quick exchange of information between 31 European countries and the European Commission about dangerous non-food products posing a risk to health and safety of consumers.
How does the RAPEX work?
The European Commission receives from national authorities information about dangerous products found and the measures taken. The information may come from producers or distributors who voluntarily organise recalls of the products they found posed a risk to consumers health. A list of dangerous products describing the risk they pose and the measures taken is published every week on the web.
The official contact points of the Member and EFTA-EEA States provide the information published in these weekly overviews. Under the terms of Annex II.10 to the General Product Safety Directive (2001/95/EC) responsibility for the information provided lies with the notifying party. The Commission does not take any responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided.