Strollers are used to transport children for a variety of reasons –
convenience and safety especially. Unfortunately, a new study from the
Academic Pediatrics journal states that nearly 361,000 children 5-years-old and younger visited
the E.R. for stroller- or carrier-related injuries from 1990-2010.
Every hour approximately two injuries occur to children in strollers and carriers.
The most common cause of these emergency room visits involved a fall of
some sort – a massive 67% of stroller injuries. 16% involved tipping over.
The best methods of avoiding such an injury from happening to your child,
you should follow these safety tips:
- Always buckle your child into carriers and strollers correctly. Children
should never be able to stand in a stroller.
- Do not hang items, such as purses and diaper bags, from stroller handles.
This can cause increased risk of tipping over.
- Always check the carrier/stroller size and weight restrictions in comparison
to your child’s dimensions. Protecting your child with the correct
type of carrier or stroller is imperative to their safety.
www.recalls.gov regularly to ensure that your device has not been recalled.
Fall injuries from these types of occurrences can leave children with a
variety of types of injuries. Soft tissue, such as bruising and bumps,
are common. Sometimes, though, more significant injuries can result –
concussions, brain injuries, and more. Tipping over or falling out of
carriers and strollers most often cause injuries to a child’s head and face.
In the event that your child is involved in a carrier or stroller accident
that causes injuries, make sure it is not due to a defective or recalled
product. If a manufacturing shortcoming caused an injury, you may have
a legal claim against the maker. For more information on product recalls, visit