A woman in Ohio is hoping to help fellow moms by sharing a photo on Facebook of what could’ve been a devastating accident.
Lindsey Wisnewski explained that she was getting ready to put her preschooler in her car seat, which was situated on a shopping cart at the time. Before Wisnewski was able to, the shopping cart tipped over from the wind and knocked over the car seat.
The mom snapped a picture to stress how unsafe it is to strap car seats on shopping carts. Much like buckling a child in a car seat the wrong way, there can be heartbreaking consequences. And the Consumer Product Safety Commission advises moms to avoid this shopping cart mistake at all costs.
“The cart has a narrow wheel base in relation to its height, so the center of gravity is affected when you put a child in it,” said child safety expert Debra Holtzman, according to TheBump.com. “When your child’s car seat is on top of it, the center of gravity is affected even more, increasing the chances of tipping.”
This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use the grocery cart seat. With thousands of children entering the emergency room each year in the United States because of a shopping cart fall (sometimes a fatal one), it’s just important to take proper precautions.
The CPSC recommends always supervising children while in the cart seat and making sure they are strapped in with a seat belt. Additionally, it says to never let a child sit in the cart basket.
See the photo below…