Thai police seize flimsy children's bike helmets

AP News
Posted: Mar 23, 2011 4:08 AM
Thai police seize flimsy children's bike helmets

Authorities in Thailand have raided a factory accused of producing substandard children's motorcycle helmets. They say the helmets were labeled with fake safety stickers.

Police Col. Jak Pengsathorn said Wednesday that a team from the consumer protection division seized 1,000 of the helmets from a factory in Bangkok.

The helmets came in a variety of bright colors decorated with cartoon characters. Authorities say they were made of thin recycled plastic that offers little protection.

The raid was part of a campaign to reduce deaths ahead of Thailand's deadliest driving season. Masses of Thais are on the roads during Songkran, the Thai New Year that falls in mid-April.

In 2009, 10,800 people died on Thailand's roads and 62,000 were injured.