As the use of scooters increases, so does the number of people being injured while using them
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Lightweight, foldable scooters (often called micro, kick or push scooters) are propelled by the user pushing forward with one leg on the ground and the other on the scooter.
They have become very popular among both children and adults, and are increasingly used for leisure, play and commuting. Sales of new scooters are rising and this is expected to increase as Christmas approaches. Unfortunately, as the use of scooters increases so does the number of people being injured while using them.
Accidents and injuries
Unfortunately, there are no official UK statistics for accidents involving non-motorised scooters.
However, in America (where the current scooter 'craze' began), in 2016, riding toys were associated with more emergency department treated injuries than any other category of toy. For children aged 15 or younger, non-motorised scooters were associated with 23% of toy-related injuries. An estimated 48,000 were treated at emergency departments for injuries associated with nonmotorised scooters, of whom 83% were children aged under 151.
In New Zealand, figures supplied by the Accident Compensation Corporation show the number of child scooter-related injury claims increased from 697 in 2008 to 6,474 in 2012. Of these, 80% were caused by loss of balance or control and 10% by collisions. The most common injuries were cuts and soft tissue damage. Some 2% resulted in concussion2.
- Consumer Product Safety Commission (2017) Toy-related Deaths and Injuries Calendar Year 2016, date Accessed: 21/11/2017.
- BBC News (2015) How children's scooters transformed the school run, date Accessed: 21/11/2017.