Reports have been popping up all over recently regarding incidents involving Crocs shoes being caught in escalators. One of the nation’s largest subway systems, the Washington Metro, has posted ads warning riders about wearing those shoes on its escalators. Although the ads don’t mention the name “Crocs,” the ads do feature a picture of a crocodile.
A 4-year-old recently got his Croc-clad foot caught in an escalator at a mall in northern Virginia. His mother was able to yank him free, but the nail on his big toe was completely ripped off, causing heavy bleeding. At first, the boy’s mother had not idea what caused his foot to get caught, but later, at the hospital, someone remarked about the boy’s shoes, and it was then that she began to suspect the Crocs and did some research.
In several countries including the United States, Japan and Singapore, entrapments have occurred due to the shoes’ flexibility and grip. Some people report the shoes getting caught in the teeth at the bottom and top of escalators or in the crack between the steps and the side of the escalator.
In Japan, the government has warned consumers that it has received 39 reports sandals getting stuck in escalators from late August through early September. Most of these incidents involved small children, some as young as two years old.
Though this problem with Crocs is just coming out, there are many other products on the market that have caused serious injury or even death in consumers. If you have been injured by a defective product in Chicago or anywhere in Illinois, please visit the website of a Chicago product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle P.C. today, or you can fill out the contact form on the left to contact a product liability attorney in your area today.