Grocery Cart Child Safety Tips

Falls from shopping carts are among the leading causes of head injuries to young children. Injuries result when children climb or fall out of shopping carts because the restraint system was not being used, children unbuckled or wiggled out of the restraint, or the restraint was missing. Falls from shopping carts most often occur when children stand up in the child seat or the cart basket. An estimated annual average of about 17,300 children ages five and under are treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms for falls from shopping carts. Injuries range from minor abrasions to concussions.

To prevent falls from shopping carts:
  • Use seatbelts to restrain your child in the cart seat.
  • Don't allow your child to ride in the cart basket.
  • Don't allow your child to ride or climb on the sides or front of the cart.
  • Never leave your child unattended or out of view.
  • Don't allow an older child to push the cart with another child in it.

Grocery Cart seats are for children ages 6 months to 48 months and 15 lbs. to 35 lbs. Maximum.

Did you know the Grocery Cart was invented in OKLAHOMA?

Back in the spring of 1937 a resident of Oklahoma City, OK named Sylvan N. Goldman invented the shopping cart. You know, the original wire basket on wheels. He was the owner of the area Standard Food Markets and Humpty Dumpty Supermarkets. While observing his shoppers struggling with their heavy metal shopping baskets he had an idea. In his office he had a couple of wood folding chairs. He mounted them on wheels and sat the shopping basket in the chair. The first shopping cart was born. Although this did not take off right away, Mr. Goldman had to hire Male and Female models to walk around the store and act like they were shopping to increase the popularity of the cart.

By 1940 Mr. Goldman had a 7 year waiting list for shopping carts. The Shopping cart of today is the design of Mr. Goldman which he calls the "Nest Cart". The "Nest Cart" was a shopping cart that stored easily by "nesting" inside the next cart in line.

Today there are more than 30 to 35 million shopping carts in the U.S. and 1.25 million new ones are manufactured each year.