Most of these shopping cart injuries are unfortunately serious …
5. Head injuries accounted for 78.1% of the most commonly injured body region.
Most of these head injuries were associated with children ages 0 to 4 years, in other words … infants and toddlers.
In fact, the number of head injuries has been increasing:
“While soft tissue injuries were the most common diagnosis for these head injuries, the annual rate of concussions and closed head injuries (which are concussions and internal head injuries) increased significantly by more than 200% during the study period, with the number of these injuries going from 3,483 injuries in 1990 to 12,333 in 2011. Most of this increase was associated with children ages 0 to 4 years.” (5)
In a report by Action News 4, the children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh revealed that 80% of the children coming to the hospital with shopping cart-related problems primarily had head injuries. (6)
A lot of people think that car seats are designed also for the purpose of locking onto shopping carts. However …
Here is something most people do not know about car seats:
4. Baby car seats are NOT designed to be secured on top of shopping carts.
In fact, most shopping carts that you find in grocery stores and supermarkets have warnings saying that baby car seats should not be placed on top of shopping carts.
Unfortunately, no one appears to be reading or paying attention to them …
… even when the sign is right down in front of them as they put the carrier on the cart.
The big “Warning” sign is right there. If folks will just take time to read them.
And for those who read them, they seem not to take the warning seriously … until something tragic happens.
“Most car seat manufacturers specifically prohibit using their seats this way but that warning is usually buried along with 30 other generic warnings in the instruction manual so it doesn’t get much attention.” (7)
Safety experts have time and again explained this but this message seems to be ignored.
According to safety expert Debra Holtzman:
3. Shopping carts can tip over easily — and they’re more likely to if there’s a car seat mounted on them.
Holtzman, who is also the author of The Safe Baby, adds:
“The cart has a narrow wheel base in relation to its height, so the center of gravity is affected when you put a child in it. When your child’s car seat is on top of it, the center of gravity is affected even more, increasing the chances of tipping.” (8)
Did you know that it does not take much weight to tip over a cart?
“Safety experts say when kids are strapped inside a shopping cart it raises the center of gravity of the cart. As little as ten pounds can tip it over.” (9)
Accidents happen and they do often within seconds … most especially when shopping carts tip over. Within seconds, your life can change completely.
Here is one mom’s account of a shopping cart that tipped over with her 10 month-old baby:
“She flipped the whole cart over while still buckled just because I’d taken the groceries out. It was empty, and that makes it light enough that she can flip it. That’s not good … It happened so fast and the fact that she was able to flip it with her own body weight because it was empty … I’m really concerned those carts aren’t as sturdy as they need to be.”
Tragic stories from car seat on shopping cart accidents are real … see next page.