Public has raised big concern about the increasing number of shoddy crash helmets. Therefore, the names of blacklisted helmet producers should be shown to the public as a way to protect both consumers’ rights and other legal helmet producers, said Dr. Phan Minh Tan, Director of the HCMC Department of Science and Technology in a talk with Sai Gon Giai Phong reporter yesterday.
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Mr. Duong Thanh Hoang, Deputy Head of the HCMC Department of Market Control said that there were four types of helmets sold in the market at present: imported helmets with verified quality, those manufactured by local factories with unverified quality, smuggled helmets, and imitations of famous brands.
However, he added that the department’s verification work on local helmet shops was facing a dilemma. According to the rule, each sample sent in for checking must be accompanied by six other similar products. However most helmet shops could only provide one to three helmets of the same type and thus, it was impossible to carry out the test.
Moreover, the department’s limited funding and complicated procedures also prevented the inspectors from conducting a careful investigation and imposing appropriate punishments on the shoddy helmet producers.
Also, according to Dr. Tan, the lack of inspectors also contributed to the ineffective, tardy verification process. Therefore, Dr.Tan has urged the Quality Assurance and Testing Center 3 to speed up its testing process on the remaining samples.
Mr. Hoang Lam, Vice Director of the Quality Assurance and Testing Center, stressed that consumers’ awareness also plays an important part in reducing the number of shoddy helmets in the market. He added that the city’s officials should take immediate measures to raise the public awareness of the danger of shoddy helmets and, at the same time, publicize the names of producers whose products fail to meet the safety standards.
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