Callahan & Blaine - California's Premier Litigation Firm
Contact Us (714) 241-4444
Main Menu
View Practice Areas

Shopping carts are a frequent source of injury for children

Shopping carts are a staple of virtually every retail space in Orange County, from grocery stores to clothing outlets. Despite their practicality, carts can pose a significant risk to children under certain circumstances. Resulting injuries can be quite severe, particularly when they involve the head or neck.

The Washington Post reports on the increasing rates of injury associated with shopping carts. Data compiled from emergency room visits shows that approximately 530,494 children were harmed by shopping carts over a 20 period. While safety regulations have been in place since 2004 in the United States, researchers point to the need for further improvements to cart design. For instance, many posit that the risk of tip-overs could be reduced by situating child seating nearer to the bottom of the cart. 

Data also found that head trauma is the most common injury associated with shopping carts. Younger children (those four and under) experienced a jump in rates of concussions resulting from shopping carts, which showed an increase of 8,850 injuries over the study period. Head injuries (which include concussions as well as contusions) typically occurred due to a fall from the cart, which accounted for 70 percent of incidents.

While cart-related injuries cannot be prevented in all cases, there are a few things parents can do to ensure their children remain protected during shopping excursions. Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides a few vital safety tips, such as proper placement of children within the cart. To this end, kids should not be allowed to ride outside or within the front of the cart. The stability of a cart is equally important. If a cart appears unbalanced in any way, it’s best to use another. Parents are also cautioned never to leave a child unattended while shopping. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Contact Us To Speak With A Trial Attorney Today
Callahan & Blaine California's Premier Litigation Firm

Orange County Office
3 Hutton Centre Drive
Ninth Floor
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Santa Ana Law Office Map

Los Angeles Office
1875 Century Park East
Seventh Floor
Century City, CA 90067
Phone: 310-284-3161
Los Angeles Law Office Map

Arizona Office
2375 E. Camelback Road,
Suite 600
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Toll Free: 888-321-8994
Fax: 714-241-4445
Phoenix Law Office Map

Visit Our Arizona Personal Injury Website

Record Breaking Results

More Verdicts & Settlements by Callahan & Blaine
Back To Top

Callahan & blaine

Visit our family of websites for more detailed practice area information.

Get Help Now

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy