Vietnam metro full of low quality helmets

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Most crash helmets sold in Ho Chi Minh City are of low quality, the city market managers said at a meeting Wednesday, news website VnExpress reported.


Ly Ngoc Thang, head of a market management team, said many illegal crash helmet producers are operating in the city alleys, and frequently move operations so that the authorities could not keep tracks of them.


More than 80 percent of crash helmets on the city market fail to meet many quality standards, Thang said.


A low-quality helmet takes only one or two minutes to assemble, having fashionable designs to attract youth, and sells on local sidewalks at modest prices between VND25,000-35,000 (around US$1.68), the managers said.


The officials said many sellers of low-quality helmets are avoiding punishment by adding small wording in the inner side of the helmets such as "not for motor riders", "for walking", or "for playing sports".


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