Important change to 20.5.2018

As of 20 May 2018, a non-functioning TPMS is classified as a significant defect in the main inspection at the german TÜV leading to the refusal of the plaque. This applies to all vehicles for which the TPMS is compulsory, ie as a rule all newly registered passenger cars from November 2014 and all other vehicles whose type testing took place after 1.11.2012; these had to be equipped ex works with an TPMS as of this date.

Vehicles subject to this obligation also have no possibility of deactivating the system, as was sometimes possible with optional equipment, e.g. to drive the winter tires without sensors without constantly seeing warnings in the display. Therefore, all wheels must be equipped with a tire pressure sensor for the vehicles concerned that have an active system.

What are the consequences of a non-functioning TPMS?

Vehicles whose type test was before 1.11.2012 AND which were first registered before 1.11.2014, unless otherwise specified, such as Runflatreifen require a TPMS, continue to operate with a disabled system, for all other vehicles, a functioning system is mandatory. If this system does not work, the consequence is ...

  • Refusal of the TÜV badge because of a considerable lack
  • The vehicle has no operating permit
  • In the event of an accident, the insurance company may refuse to pay

The consequences may therefore be very far-reaching, especially if it is determined that this deficiency was deliberately caused, for example by the operation of winter wheels without sensors, and thus the malfunction was accepted approving. Thus, if an appraiser finds out after an accident that the function of the TPMS was impossible due to missing sensors and the accident was caused by a pressure loss on a wheel, the insurance cover could be lost and, in addition, criminal proceedings and civil law Have consequences.

Even if, for example, the tire dealer has regarded the sensors as unimportant and has installed the wheels without sensors, it still remains the duty of the owner or driver to discontinue the vehicle with this defect, nevertheless, a responsible tire specialist becomes aware of it in good time point out the consequences of a non-functioning system. After more than 5 years now, the last tire retailer should be familiar with this topic and be able to provide the service to its customers; if not, the customer should seriously consider switching operations. It is incomprehensible here that there are indeed factories that have invested a great deal of energy in not obstructing these systems and securing themselves in a legal manner, so that the customer can not subsequently assert any recourse claims. Fortunately, these businesses are almost non-existent, so in most cases customers themselves refused to use suitable sensors.

What do I have to do?

Anyone who still has a partially functioning TPMS, will know the consequences at the latest at the next main inspection, in which case it comes to him a troublesome walk to the workshop to get the benefit of a flawless vehicle. In the case of an accident, this can be worse.

Your tire specialist will be able to offer you a suitable solution and install it so that you can continue to be safe in the future.

For years we have been of the opinion that a TPMS is very useful, but unfortunately industry and politics have created a confusing market here, which has also put many obstacles in the way of tire companies, because there are no uniform systems, and so on has led to a very large number of different sensors. Fortunately, the market has adjusted to this and we can offer a cost-effective solution for almost any European-powered vehicle.