Vauxhall has extended its safety recall to check for potentially faulty steering parts on its Corsa supermini and Adam city car to vehicles built since February 2014.
The initial safety check, which affected 3,000 cars, dated back to models built since May 2014. However, the British brand has now revised its assessment of vehicles that could be affected.
Vauxhall has sold 62,693 Corsas alone so far this year, so the extension of the safety inspection to cars built in the three months prior to May this year isn’t just a case of a few hundred more units needing replacement parts.
It was announced last night that, “These additional vehicles may also have been manufactured with the steering system part that did not meet specification and should not be driven prior to inspection.”
At the end of September, Vauxhall enlisted the help of the AA to help owners ascertain if their Corsa or Adam was affected.
The AA will help owners over the telephone, but will dispatch a patrol to perform a physical check if customers are still not satisfied. If the car is confirmed as one of those blighted by the steering issue, the AA will tow the car to a Vauxhall dealer for repairs.
It’s bad news if you’re one of the thousands of learner drivers in the UK practicing in a Vauxhall Corsa or Adam, too.
Shortly after the safety recall was issued, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency barred the Vauxhall models from being used in the practical driving test until the cars were checked and/or fixed.
In a statement the DVSA said: “Your vehicle will need to be checked and may need to be fixed before you can use it for the driving test.”
Vauxhall has set up a customer helpline and website so owners can work out if their vehicle is affected.
If you own a Corsa or an Adam built since February 2014 log on to www.vauxhall.co.uk/recall.html. Alternatively, call the Vauxhall Customer Assistance line on 0800 026 0034 or the AA on 0800 553 388.
Owners will automatically be notified if their vehicle is part of the safety recall through Vauxhall using Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).