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Motor Vehicles: Safety

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) private cars and light vehicles, (b) motorcycles, (c) public service vehicles, (d) trailers for heavy goods vehicles and (e) heavy goods vehicles were recalled on safety grounds in each financial year since 2000-01. (156052)

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) was formed in April 2003. VOSA is responsible for the publication of vehicle safety recalls. Its records indicate:

Private cars and light vehicles

Heavy goods vehicles

Commercial, trailers

Motorcycles

Public service vehicles

2003

134,407

62,513

726

13,775

2,800

2004

764,336

80,030

4,134

36,708

2,384

2005

1,007,345

71,681

4,311

45,650

12,843

2006

923,867

53,692

195

45,108

4,026

Please note, although the above number of vehicles have been recalled, they may not have proved to be defective. VOSA's figures are recorded by calendar year not financial year. To break these figures down into financial year would result in disproportionate costs.