Crocs are cool and they are very comfy, but there have been increasing reports of the colorful, flexible shoes getting caught in escalators and causing foot injuries to their young wearers.
The rubbery shoes are particularly dangerous when worn on escalators because they can get wedged between the edge of the escalator and the moving stairs. Kids are particularly at risk due to their small size/weight and the fact that most kids tend to move around or fidget when riding on escalators.
The increase in injuries has prompted the Washington Metro subway service and American Girl Place, among others, to post Crocs warning signs near their escalators. The Crocs company, however, is taking credit for raising escalator safety awareness in the wake of the injuries.
For more information, here are few news stories:
- Boy Wearing Crocs is Hurt on Escalator
- Crocs Reported to Cause Injury on Escalator
- Parents Worried About Crocs-Escaltor Accidents
Next time you take the kids to the mall, leave the crocs at home.