Government report recommends parents use safety harness in shopping carts to help combat 24,000 injuries to young children in the U.S. each year
The U.S. Product Safety Commission has issued tips to parents after a study indicated that more than 24,000 children 5 and younger are injured in shopping carts across the nation each year. Chief among the report’s recommendations is that using a safety harness that secures the child in the seat of the shopping cart can potentially help save lives.
Data collected for the report indicated that an average of 66 children go to the emergency department every day because of injuries related to shopping carts. Falls from carts were the most common injury, accounting for 78 percent of the injuries reported, and for two deaths. These startling statistics led the commission to recommend that parents secure their toddlers in shopping cart seats using a seat belt or harness to help avoid injury.
“Although a shopping cart safety standard was implemented in the United States in 2004, the overall number and rate of injuries associated with shopping carts have not decreased,” the report states. “In fact, the number and rate of concussions/closed head injuries have continued to climb. Increased prevention efforts are needed to address these injuries among children.”
As The Huffington Post and a recent news investigation by Portland, Oregon, TV station KGW indicate, many shopping carts do not have functioning safety straps, so parents may not always be able to count on stores to provide this safety feature. To address this alarming trend, Lucky Baby World has introduced a child safety harness called the Yochi Yochi that can be used to secure children in shopping carts. The Yochi Yochi has two additional uses—it attaches to most standard chairs and can be used as a portable/ travel high chair; and it can be used as a child leash to help parents keep their children close in crowded places like malls, airports and parks while allowing them to walk on their own.
“A trip to the grocery store, mall, or park isn’t usually something parents worry about, but there are hidden dangers for young children that we need to be aware of,” said Gioula Chelten, founder of luckybabyworld.com, a new online resource for parents seeking safe and sustainable baby products. “Our Yochi Yochi baby/toddler harness can help parents secure their children in shopping carts at the market. You can use it as a portable high chair, or to keep your child close to you at the beach or theme park. There’s no better peace of mind than knowing you’ve doing everything you can to keep your child safe.”
The Yochi Yochi baby/toddler harness fits children from 6 months to 5 years old, and is small enough to fit in a purse or diaper bag when not in use. Parents can also use the harness to strap their child to themselves when they’re travelling by plane or other public transportation and not planning to buy a second ticket.
The Yochi Yochi portable baby harness is available now on Amazon.com. Complete product information and prices can be found online at luckybabyworld.com. The website also offers a variety of articles, news, and tips on child safety, attachment parenting and sustainable baby products.