Tricycles Linked to a Significant Safety Hazard
About the Tricycle Hazard
Tricycles have proven to be a safety hazard because most children do not have the proper balance and coordination until around the age of three.
FOX News reports that tricycles have been linked to more than 9,000 U.S emergency room visits in 2012 and 2013 alone. These numbers are astonishing and the statistics are increasing.
A study from researchers at Medical College of Georgia and Emory University, showed these results. Nearly 5,000 injuries occurred each year since 2012, all related to tricycles.
Tricycle Injury Statistics
All the following information was provided by FOX News:
- Two-year-olds where the most frequently injured and the injuries occur more commonly among little boys.
- According to researchers most of the injuries were minor such as cuts and skin gashes. However about 3% of the children had to be hospitalized.
- Serious and even deadly injuries have occurred in the past, for example several tricycle related injuries have led to limb amputations, fractures, and internal organ damage.