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sueddeutsche.de, 2024/01/03
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E-bike for self-assembly

Retrofit motors for bicycles are cheap and can breathe new life into old bikes. However, are they safe, as well? And what about insurance coverage? The matter is tricky.

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Who is liable?
 
If you call on the help of the experts, you are playing it safe. However, according to the German Bicycle Industry Association (ZIV) and the German Cyclists' Federation (ADFC), among others, dealers themselves are operating in a legal grey area. As by converting a bicycle into an e-bike, they themselves would turn from a dealer into a manufacturer. And this entails obligations that they must fulfil: “Dealers legally turn into the manufacturer of a completely new vehicle and are fully liable", the German Cyclists' Federation (ADFC) refers to the expert Dirk Zedler from the Institute for Bicycle Technology and Safety in Ludwigsburg. His opinion is clear: “Hands off retrofit kits. There is a high risk of failure with unforeseeable consequences.”
 
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Author: Steffen Kanduth
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