Monday, September 1st, 2014

Shopping Cart Injuries Pose Big Danger To Little Kids

A new study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital shows that shopping cart safety needs a closer look. Researchers found from 1990-to-2011, more than a half-million children were treated in the nation's emergency rooms for injuries associated with shopping carts – including falls, entrapment, and carts that tipped over on them. Doctor Gary Smith with Nationwide's Center for Injury Research and Policy says parents' and children's behavior play a factor, but there also are flaws in shopping cart design.
 
The study recommends several design changes, such as placing the seating area of the cart near the floor. Doctor Smith says the latter change improves safety by lowering the cart's center of gravity, which reduces the risk of a tip-over. Falls would also be less serious if the child is sitting closer to the floor.

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