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Warning - shopping cart dangers

SAFETY NEWS FROM THE.......

U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20207

Remember...to report an unsafe consumer product or a product-related injury, consumers may call the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's toll-free hotline at 1-800-638-2772.  A teletypewriter for hearing impaired is available at 1-800-638-8270;  the Maryland TTY number is 1-800-492-8104.

FALLS FROM SHOPPING CARTS CAUSE HEAD INJURIES TO CHILDREN

Falls from shopping carts are among the leading causes of head injuries to young children treated in hospital emergency rooms. 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimated that in 1988 there were 12,000 hospital emergency room-treated head injuries to children under 5 years of age.  These injuries were
usually due to falls from shopping carts.  About one-third of these head injuries were concussions, fractures, or internal injuries. 

Shopping car-related injuries overall doubled from 1980 to 1986. These products are now often used in hardware stores, drugstores, toy stores, and grocery stores.

To prevent falls from shopping carts, use seatbelts to restrain the child in the cart and watch the child closely while shopping. 

WARNING!!!  Child can fall from shopping cart, causing severe head injuries.

USE SEATBELT TO RESTRAIN CHILD IN SEAT.