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RadMarkt 04/2012
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Dirk Zedler: Test seal – appearance of safety

It is manufacturer responsibility to perform the tests according to the DIN EN standards; this is not verified by external authorities. It is comparable to the responsibilities around the CE mark. It is a signal to the consumer that the bicycle complies with the product safety law.

This includes a comprehensive documentation of the test reports of bicycle components and of batteries and chargers; wiring diagrams must be added, too. These reports can originate from the respective presupplier and need not be drawn up by the bicycle manufacturer itself.

An external verification is ensured by seals such as the DIN Plus and the GS mark which are awarded by certified test institutes only. Most of the tests in the DIN EN field are not designed for the respective loads caused by the electric motors.

According to Zedler, the testing of the riding characteristics is neglected with all standards and testing seals. The costs for the payment of damages, recalls and insurances could be reduced by stricter test procedures.

And the dealer would also profit from that, says Zedler: Unjustified complaints could be declined on the basis of test reports. But stricter tests would result in better product quality and thus improve customer satisfaction.

Author: Christopher Müllenhof

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