A Kaohsiung woman was recently taken to the hospital after an accident and a doctor noticed that her voice was getting more and more hoarse. It turns out the strap on her helmet was too loose and strangled her throat during the accident.
A 40-something scooter driver was recently treated for a hematoma on her vocal cords and damage to her respiratory tract after getting into an accident.
Tang Chen-ling, Trauma Doctor, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital："Her helmet was too loose, and when she braked the helmet pulled her head back."
Her doctor says the injury was caused by a too-long helmet strap, which pulled back against her throat when she braked. Symptoms of this kind of injury, which can take up to 48 hours to develop, include a hoarse voice and respiratory distress. Doctors say everyone should be on alert for helmet straps that are too long.
Ms. Chang, Safety Helmet Store Owner："We recommend a finger's width (from the chin). Without that space, it'd be hard to breathe."
Citizen："When it's (very) windy and you're driving fast, (your helmet) will feel loose. In that situation, I wear my helmet tighter."
The recommended gap between one's chin and helmet strap is 1 centimeter and straps should be readjusted every time a helmet is put on.