All about bicycles, electric-assisted bikes, technology and safety in the press

In our daily work as we deal with bicycle safety, technology and user manuals we come across lots of safety risks. The most frequent ones are published in articles of the leading German special-interest magazines TOUR – Europas Rennrad-Magazin Nr. 1, BIKE – Das Mountainbike Magazin Europas Nr. 1 and E-Bike – Das Pedelec-Magazin to make this information important for the sector accessible to a wider public.

For many years now the Eurobike Show Daily accompanying the annual international Eurobike Show has given us the opportunity to publish our perspective on major developments in the cycle industry in full-page articles.

We also speak regularly in independent lectures about all topics relating to bicycle technology and bicycle market. In addition, we are regularly cited by further special-interest magazines or trade journals as well as more and more by radio and television and in their media reports, which shows us that we are completely right with our information. The section NEWS informs you about the latest news from our specialist fields. The reports and publications of this section are listed chronologically or according to topics of interest.

RadMarkt 06/2014

CE-marking of pedelecs

This time the legal requirements on pedelec safety were in the focus. 

According to Zedler, manufacturers and dealers had to face challenges resulting from the CE-marking without being aware of them yet. The CE-marking were the manufacturer’s declaration that their products meet the respective legal requirements of the EU. In Germany, the product safety law is applicable for this issue. In the case of pedelecs, the following applies: For selling a pedelec the CE-marking is obligatory. Zedler accordingly draws the attention to the risks of the dealers: "Never buy a pedelec without CE-marking! As soon as you import it into the EU, you become manufacturer in the eyes of the authorities and herewith assume liability for the product." Whoever sells e-bikes without CE-marking, must take into account that the authorities would impose a sales ban and seize the goods.

Many dealers do not hand over the user manuals to the end customer. In connection with the CE-marking they must be supplied together with the product in the respective language.

It is recommended to document the handing over of the user manual on the invoice. A new problematic issue is the replacement of components: If the e-bike customer doesn’t like the handlebars or the seat post, he cannot simply replace these components. "Each pedelec must have a parts list. It only meets the requirements of the CE-marking with the parts mentioned on the list," says Zedler. If a dealer mounts another handlebar, he modifies the pedelec and is held liable in the case of an accident. "Be sure to only assemble original parts or ask the pedelec manufacturer whether a handlebar is approved. If it is not, mounting is not allowed."

The manufacturer is obliged to perform random quality control tests of all parts used. But testing is expensive. Therefore Zedler requests from the manufacturers to adopt a stronger platform thinking: "The automotive industry shows how to do." More carry-over parts in production join forces in purchase and reduce quality control costs. Conducting tests is the only way to supply safe products and to protect yourself against claims for damages.

Author: cm

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