Arnold Schwarzenneger may have had to go through a bit of an ordeal to recall his true identity but thanks to our easy-to-follow guide, you won’t have to dodge bullets and avoid aliens to get the low down on automotive recalls.

The rather dryly worded Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency code of practice states that a vehicle only needs to be recalled if one of its features may affect its safe operation without prior warning to the driver and may pose a significant risk to the occupants.

In layman’s terms a recall is simply a request by a car manufacturer to rectify a specific issue with one or more of their existing models. Depending on the severity of the recall, the media may make a big deal about the issues surrounding it.

The best thing to do if you think your vehicle is one of the ones affected is to contact the manufacturer or better yet, check online beforehand, click on to see how… Start slideshow