Scooters cause 9500 injuries in US in 8 months
- By: Deborah Josefson
A sharp rise in injuries related to using foot propelled scooters is leading to an increased demand that children using them should wear mandatory protective gear.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported that emergency room visits from scooter related mishaps are up 700% since May. In all, 9500 injuries have been reported so far this year, with over 4000 of these reported in August.
Most scooter accidents have occurred in children aged under 15 years, and fractures account for 30% of the injuries.
Scooters have recently become enormously popular in the United States, Europe, Hong Kong, and Israel; both children and adults can be seen using them in crowded cities.
The current models are updated versions of their 1950s predecessors and feature light-weight, foldable metals such as aluminium or titanium, narrow bases, and low friction wheels similar to those used in in-line skates. Most models weigh less than