Leaving a crowded shopping mall one day, I heard a child screaming particularly loudly. A little girl was sitting on a ledge, crying uncontrollably, with BLOOD streaming down her foot! Her father was trying in vain to console her. Her mother was trying (also in vain) to control the bleeding. As I carried on down the escalator, I looked back to see a distinct pair of shoes lying on the ground…
Crocs shoes have been blamed for numerous cases of escalator-related injuries. Those particularly at risk are young children, with kids as young as 2 wearing them. What happens is the shoes sometimes get caught in the “teeth” of escalators, resulting in horrific injuries and sometimes permanent damage.
The company has mainly responded in 2 ways:
- Inserting safety tags into packaging. Attached to the shoes, you’ll find a bunch of warning tags in as many as 6 different languages. The shoe design, however, remains essentially unchanged.
- Suggesting that the accidents are a result of the escalators, or even parents who are unable to control their overly playful children.
Comforting isn’t it?
Watch the following video of “Crocs Safety Scrutinized” featured on CBS News in September 2008. There’s some pretty gruesome foot injuries, but towards the end, a presenter gives a useful safety suggestion.
She recommends putting the strap of the shoe facing forward so that if your child IS unfortunate enough to get his/her shoe caught somewhere, his/her foot can escape easier. But then again, you wouldn’t put your child in any footwear that’s potentially dangerous, right?
I always thought this kind of thing is just stuff you read about in the news, till I actually came across it myself. Next time you’re out shopping, see if you can spot any kids in Crocs shoes. Are there any other unnecessary safety hazards you can think of?