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Shopping Carts And Lawsuits-A Way To Force Change

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In a recent study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, more federal regulation is need in the area of shopping carts based on the inadequacy of their current design. Although most of the injuries occur when children in the carts are not strapped in, others do still have accidents due to the top heavy nature of the carts design and manufacture. A recent lawsuit was filed California after a young boy fell out of a shopping cart and died as a result of his injuries.

According to Cbsnews.com:

Many injuries involve concussions and are life-threatening, said Smith, an emergency room physician at Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy there.

“Because of that, and because we don’t have a standard that adequately addresses the major mechanisms of injury, the best we can do is to caution parents that these injuries are very real, they’re very frequent, and if you have a possible alternative” to standard shopping carts, use it, he said.