Helmets for under-fives lacking: study

INAPPROPRIATE:Experts who reviewed the law in 2012 said children under five could be injured by the motion of motorcycles and said helmet size should not change

Taipei Times
Date: May 19, 2015
By: Huang Chung-shan, Chang Jui-chen and Kan Chih-chi  /  Staff reporters

A recent study conducted by a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Huang Kuo-shu holds up crash helmets during a news conference in Taichung yesterday. Photo: Huang Chung-shan, Taipei Times

revealed that there are no motorcycle helmets available in Taiwan for children under five which meet the necessary safety standards.

The study by DPP Legislator Huang Kuo-shu (黃國書) was released just days after an accident in Taichung in which an allegedly drunk driver crashed into a motorcycle carrying a man surnamed Chen (陳) and his son, knocking the two-year-old onto the street, where he was killed by a wound from a bolt attaching a streetlight to the ground.

“Of all the helmets approved by the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection, the smallest one is designed for children with a head circumference of 50cm, which in an average child would mean they were five or older,” Huang’s office said.     [FULL  STORY]

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