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Officials evaluate safety of taxi touch screens

Shanghai transport and quality watchdogs are teaming up to evaluate the safety of back-seat advertising screens in local taxis, according to the Oriental Morning Post.

A woman was critically injured in a crash on March 14 when her head bumped into the touch screen in front of her face. She is still in a coma with fractures in her eye socket, nose and other parts of her head.

Huang Dong, a local lawyer, urged the Shanghai Transport and Port Authority to disclose the information on the quality appraisal of these screens.

"Two similar accidents happened before with victims badly hurt by the touch screens," He said. "I suggest authorities to remove these screens or place them at a height just above the knees of passengers."

Shanghai transport officials said they were cooperating with the Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau to evaluate the safety of the back-seat screens and promised to publish their findings, the report said.


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