Foot-Powered Scooters Could Be The Most Dangerous Toys
Scooters were linked to 580,000 toy-related injuries between 2000 and 2011.By Matt Moreno | December 1, 2014
We've all been there. The parents take the training wheels off the bike, and boom — a scuffed-up elbow and a throbbing knee.
But new research suggests it's scooters — not bikes — that kids might have the most painful memories of.
Between 1990 and 2011, toy-related injuries jumped about 40 percent according to research from Nationwide Children's Hospital. Scooters, wagons and tricycles caused 42 percent of injuries to kids between 5 and 17 and 28 percent of injuries to those younger than 5. Scooters alone caused 580,000 injuries between 2000 and 2011. Doctors blame a spike in scooter sales as well as a lack of proper scooter safety equipment.