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Passenger hurt by taxi video screen

A woman was hurt in the face when her head bumped into a mobile video screen on the back of a taxi seat on Tuesday and her mishap sparked an online debate about the safety of such screens in taxis.

The 24-year-old passenger, surnamed Lu, and her friend were sitting in the back of a taxi when the car lost control and crashed into the guard rail on Zhoujiazui Road in the early hours of Tuesday.

Her friend took photos of Lu's broken nose and forehead and posted them on Weibo. The hospital said Lu needed surgeries and it was not known if her eyesight was affected or not, today's Oriental Morning Post said.

Local transport authorities said they were much concerned and would evaluate the safety of ad screens in taxis with the city's quality watchdog.

"If the screens do pose danger to passengers, we will require the supplier to improve safety standards or remove the screens," authorities said.

Hang Tingyu, a spokeswoman for the screen supplier, said the company will take full responsibility for Lu's injury.


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