Shopping Cart Anti-Theft Devices That Lock Wheels Can Cause Instability and Cart Tip-Overs

Video (1-3) Shopping Cart Video With Anti-Theft Locking Wheel Device

Video (2-3) Close Up of Shopping Cart Video With Anti-Theft Locking Wheel Device

Video (3-3) Shopping Cart Without Locking Wheel Device Demo

Shopping cart tip-overs are the second most common cause and are responsible for up to one fourth of injuries and almost 40% of shopping cart-related injuries among children younger than two years. Fractures account for 45% of all hospitalizations some result in Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord injuries. Deaths have occurred from falls from shopping carts and cart tip overs.

Does anyone track the number of Elderly injured by shopping cart that tip-over throwing them to the ground and cause a broken hip? Normally the accident is blamed on the Elderly because they are old is must be their fault.

1. Do the numbers of shopping cart related injuries take into account shopping cart anti-theft devices that lock the wheels of shopping carts?

*Answer: NO! If there had been mandatory safety testing and manufacturing performance standards, many of the attachments made for shopping carts would never have made it to market. When Dr. Russell and Dr. Smith both pediatrician were informed about the locking wheel devices both said as others have they had never heard of them. The reason for this is when a shopping cart flips over most parents only know that their child has been injured and assume blame. More often than not they do not take notice that there may be a locking wheel device on the shopping cart. Their concern is the child who has been injured. There is no requirement in place for official mandatory accident reports, calling the police or record keeping of any kind on shopping cart injuries. These systems are in states all across the country. With no offical reporting program in place it allows the details of accidents to go unreported such as was there a anti-theft system that caused the wheel to lock. and tip the cart over.

2. Are shopping cart ant-theft systems and other attachments regulated or tested by an unbiased third party or made to meet standards?

*Answer: NO! All attachments to shopping carts should be regulated. Twenty one countries have implemented national standards EN1929-1:1998 or AS/NZS 3847.1: 1999. These standards specify requirements for construction, performance, testing and safety. Here in the USA American Society for Testing and Materials voluntary standard F2372-04 established in July 2004 does not adequately address falls and tip-overs. Voluntary standards do not work and never have if they affect profits! The current US standard should be revised to include clear and effective performance criteria for shopping cart anti-theft systems, other attachments and shopping cart designs to increase cart stability to prevent falls from or because of cart tip-overs. If this had already been in place anti-theft system that lock wheels and other cart attachments would have never made to market.

3. The most common anatomic site of injury in children is the head and neck accounting for 74% of shopping cart-related injuries among children younger than 15 years.

4. Another example for comparison. What happens when a Firestone tire blew out on the older Ford Explorer?

*Answer: Often times the Explorer would roll over (flip). If you remember there was a massive recall of Firestone tires because they sometimes would blow out causing the car to become unstable. This is not unlike a shopping cart that tips or flips when a locking wheel, anti-theft device triggers and locks the wheels on a cart. This can happen anywhere in the store, walking across the parking lot or at the perimeter of the parking lot as it is designed to do. The number of people injured due to the Firestone tires mounted on the older Ford Explorer is over 700 and mounting years later. Look at the numbers of shopping cart injuries 24,000 to 28,000 per year or more. What is the total to date? The Ford Pinto design problems caused people to be injured and killed from fires when the cars were rear ended. It is said Ford knew of the problem which would have cost $11.00 per car to correct the problem but determined it would be cheaper to fight, pay for law suits and settlements in the long run.

5. Are there warnings given as required by law, advising the retailer who buys the shopping cart anti-theft devices designed to lock wheels, that these devices may cause their shopping carts to tip or flip over injuring or killing their customers?

*Answer: NO!

6. Are there warning signs on the shopping carts as required by law advising the shopper that there is an anti-theft device that locks the wheels on the shopping cart they are about to use. That this device could cause the shopping cart to tip-over causing serious injuries to their child?

*Answer: There is a sign saying there is a locking wheel device on the cart but it does not speak to the dangers of flip overs!

7. The American Academy of Pediatrics regarding prevention of shopping cart-related injuries can be view in their policy statement. It should be noted that the Academy does not mention Shopping Cart Anti-Theft Systems that lock wheels on shopping carts because they do not know of the existents of these products that have been on the market for over ten years! The question is why?

8. More than 77 children each day=28,000 per year) in addition to the elderly and many others (an unknown number) are being injured and killed in shopping cart related injuries in our country each year! Aside from the human cost, there is also a substantial financial cost that the taxpayer bears. Unreported information: Out of the 28,000 children injured each year, conservatively assume that 5% are catastrophic brain and spinal cord injuries. That comes out to 1,400 children per year. If you conceder the cost of care for each child over his or her lifetime, it could be in the billions of dollars every year. If you take into account this has been going on for at least 31 years because of inaction by Consumer Product Safety Commission (C .P .S .C.)/others), what is the total for unnecessarily medical cost , and this ever increasing cost to our nation’s health care cost. To make madders worse, this figure does not even include the care and treatment of the other 95% of children injured or the ones taken to private care Doctors. If you think these numbers are over stated what number would be acceptable to you?

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Shopping Carts & Attachments Time Bombs For Babies

Shopping cart anti-theft device that locks wheels can create instability in even the most stable cart design. This can cause injuries to babies! These devices like some other attachments for shopping carts are time bombs waiting for the next victim!

1.) Locking wheel device (solid gray) on right front turned 90 degrees to the frame of cart is in locked mode. Locking the wheel to prevent the theft is what this device is designed to do. This can happen because of a false triggering anywhere on the store property not just at the signal cable area where it is suppose to trigger. The locked wheel will always be forced to rotate 90 degrees because it is mounted on a swivel and cannot roll.  Once the wheel locks it becomes a pivot point for the cart to tip over.

2.) Slight push of the top of the basket towards locked wheel induces roll over. Because cart cannot roll away when pushed, as it normally would if it did not have a locked wheel.

Because the wheel is locked here, the cart is forced to rotate over the locked wheel and slam to the ground.  This is similar to what can happen in another type of high center of gravity vehicle an SUV when it suffers a blow out of one of its tires. The reason anti-lock brake system (ABS) were installed on newer cars was to keep individual wheels from locking up and causing the vehicle to go out of control and sometimes rolling over. Should safety standards for shopping carts and attachments be less than those required for cars since these shopping carts carry young children and babies who have zero head protection?

3.) As the cart rolls over the Baby’s head slams into the pavement before cart even hits the ground and they have zero head protection. Shopping cart injuries have been the cause of brain and spinal cord injuries that will often last a lifetime. These numbers could be as high as 1,400 per year. Since there is no requirement for an accident report, police are rarely if ever called to the scene (just as it used to be in amusement park accidents not too many years ago). The parents assume and are more often held to blame because rarely does anyone one look into what may have been the real cause of the accident. This has been going on for years!

4.) Alternate view of the baby’s head contacting pavement. Injuries from this type of accidents are often overwhelming for the child and family.

What can and should be done to make shopping cart and attachment designs subject mandatory performance and safety standards. For over thirty years, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has refused to put mandatory testing and design standards in place. Instead they blame the children and parents they are easy targets. This is why anti-theft systems that lock wheels have been allowed to come to market and put children and the elderly in danger. What is an acceptable number of children being injured by these types of devices before changes are made?

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Shopping carts time bombs for babies!

This scary!

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