A study released by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide
Children’s Hospital has found that shopping cart injuries are on
the rise. While not normally considered a dangerous vehicle, shopping
carts are actually responsible for injuring 24,000 children each year—approximately
66 every day. While the majority of these injuries are not life threatening,
some are. Tragic fatalities occur every year when an infant or child accidentally
falls out of a shopping cart, sustaining injuries that are just too severe
The study reviewed shopping cart injuries over two decades (1990-2011).
They discovered that during this time, shopping cart injuries actually
increased, even though shopping cart safety standards were adopted in
2004. Just how did these injuries occur?
- 70.4% of shopping cart injuries were from falls
- Nearly 30% of the injuries came from a variety of incidents, including
shopping cart tip overs, collisions, and limb entrapment.
78.1% of children who needed emergency care sustained a
In order to keep your children safe at the store, safety experts recommend
that parents follow simple but effective tips when using shopping carts:
- Never leave a child unattended in a shopping cart
- Always use the straps when placing your child in a shopping cart
- Never place an infant seat on top of the cart
- Insist that your child remain seated while in the cart
- If your child is not old enough to sit properly in the seat, consider using
a front carrier for your child.
- Older children and toddlers should be placed as close to the bottom of
the cart as possible or encouraged to walk beside you
- Never leave your child in the shopping cart in a parking lot. If you put
groceries away, put your child in the car first.
When your child has been injured by another person’s negligence,
your whole world can be turned upside down in a matter of seconds. When
this occurs, a Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney can help. Kelley/Uustal
has been fighting for the rights of injured children in Fort Lauderdale,
Miami, Palm Beach, and throughout Broward County for decades. To learn
more about your options, call our firm today at (954) 522-6601 for a