Shopping Cart Safety Update And Preview

By Yossi Siegel. I was very pleased with all of the positive comments my previous article received regarding shopping cart safety. I wanted to provide a quick update to this article, along with a preview of next month’s safety article. There was some controversy in my last story regarding the placement of infant seats on top of a shopping cart, with some readers emailing me saying this is a safe practice. It is with a heavy heart that I respond to that with a terrible story that happened two days ago: 

*Three-month-old boy dies after falling out of shopping cart as mother walked back to car*

James Anderson Berg died after the car seat he was sat in toppled from the top of the cart in a Kroger parking lot in Macon, Atlanta. The boy was taken to hospital in Macon but was pronounced dead at 4:03pm.

Police said the baby was secured to a car seat that had been removed from its vehicle base and placed in the area of the cart near the handlebar where an older child would usually sit. 

If there was any doubt about this being a dangerous, unsafe practice, this story should teach us otherwise. 

Next month’s article in this series will focus on car-seat laws and safety. There is much confusion about the type of seats available and at what age a child can graduate from one seat to another. Again, a recent tragedy reminded me about the importance of properly securing a child in a car seat.

 “3-year-old dies after falling out of moving SUV in Maricopa” 

ARICOPA, AZ – Police have identified a 3-year-old boy who died Monday night after falling out a window of a moving vehicle in Maricopa.  

Initial reports indicated the boy fell out of the rear passenger window of the Ford Explorer onto the roadway.  

According to initial information from Woods, the boy’s two older siblings, ages 4 and 5, were also in the back seat, and all three children were not wearing seatbelts. 

This story is relevant because I am sure we have all seen young children around town standing or jumping in the back of cars, completely unsecured. If you have ideas for safety articles, please email me yossisiegel @ You can also follow my blog:

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  1. I eagerly await your article regarding car seat safety. This is one area that I think many Lakewood people need to learn more about. In particular, I cannot tell you how many people think that children go straight from rear-facing infant car seats to forward facing car seats. Many people do not know that most car seats are convertible and that children are meant to be rear-facing as long as possible, and definitely long after most children outgrow the weight and/or height limits of the infant car seats. I am sure you will do the issue justice, I just hope that people listen.

  2. these child safety articles -written by yossie siegel- are a great addition to lakewood scoop–they are informative, articulate and written with compassion—i hope that somewhere-someone’s child is saved from bodily harm ,or —chas v’sholom–worse–we need to stop and listen-and learn—no matter how very busy we are

  3. Finally i am hearing something about babys not being put on the top of a cart! I WOULD NEVER TRUST MY BABY THERE! EVER!!! If i cant put the baby in the cart itself (not on top) i will not shop!!

  4. Its not safe to put the baby ontop of the cart, however, it is impossible to shop and fill up a shopping cart with a car seat in the cart! so either leave ur baby with a competent babysitter, or some stores provide a carseat ATTACHED to the shopping cart (I was always horrified of germs to use them), but if u keep a baby carrier in the car, it would solve the issue…

  5. I just got back from a local major kosher supermarket.I saw a married woman with 6 (yes, SIX!) children on the cart. Two were seated in the sitting area, unstrapped, two were standing in the back of the cart rocking back and forth, and the other two were hanging off the sides. The entire thing was wobbling and looked very unstable. I said to the woman “your kids might not be safe like that.” Her response to me?… KIDS WILL BE KIDS!

    What is wrong with parents in this town?
    What about store owners? Why do they not seem to care about enforcing general safety when it comes to carts? I am talking to you Mr Supermarket owner. Dont you realize one fall, one major injury and you could face a lawsuit that could put you out of business? Not to mention the guilt of knowing you could have done something about it!

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