Is Your Shopping Cart Safe? Child Brain Injuries & Shopping Cart Falls November 20, 2009
Some of the leading causes of head injuries in young children are falls from shopping carts, according to a report from the WIBW news website. The majority of injuries from shopping carts in the U.S. involve children from ages one to two, with those injuries ranging from head and brain injuries to broken bones. According to the report, many shopping carts are not as safe as they seem for children, specifically when children are seated in the carts improperly or, at times, even when they are seated properly. Although following safety precautions when putting your child in a cart is essential, it may not prevent injury at all times. An estimated 20,000 children under the age of five sustain shopping cart-related injuries each year in the U.S., with falls as the number one cause of these injuries (83% of them). Many of these falls result in child brain injuries. Since shopping carts vary in weight, height, dimensions of wheel bases, and centers of gravity, it may be difficult to know which carts are safer than others and which carts have flaws in their design. Until all carts are designed to be safe for young children to use their seats, parents should consider alternatives to placing children in carts.
If your child has been injured in a shopping cart-related incident, feel free to contact child injury attorney Chris Keane with your questions and concerns. The Keane Law Firm can provide you with important information regarding standards for warning labels, child restraint systems, and seat buckles on shopping carts. We will also freely provide you with other resources concerning head and brain injuries, other types of child injuries, and how to find the best medical treatment.
Contact Chris Keane online or call 1-888-592-KIDS.
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