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Child Injuries and Shopping Carts: Incidents of Injury and Prevention Tips

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

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In stores across America including Wal-Mart, Target, Winn Dixie, Publix, Walgreens, and Safeway, children ride in or on shopping carts. Many children see a shopping cart as a toy rather than a tool to gather shopping carts. Unfortunately, many children are injured every year in shopping cart related injuries. It is estimated that falls from shopping carts account for a leading cause of head injuries to one and two year old children. In addition to brain injuries, children suffer lacerations and fractures from shopping cart related injuries as well. Safe Kids Kansas would like parents to be aware of these statistics and the dangers of shopping carts. As noted by Cherie Sage, State Director of the Safe Kids Kansas, just because a chid is seated in a shopping chart does not mean that they are safe. Proper supervision of the child and proper use of the shopping cart are key to preventing or limiting the incidence of shopping cart related injuries. You can read more about this topic at Over 20,000 Children Injured Annually by Shopping Cart Related Incidents.