A mother in Louisville, Kentucky, is suing the manufacturer of Crocs shoes for the injuries her 3-year-old daughter sustained when her foot was caught in an escalator at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, alleges Crocs knew its shoes were dangerous for children, but the company continued to market them to young Crocs wearers and made false statements by saying its shoes were safe.
On June 4, the girl’s foot became trapped in the escalator and as a result the child suffered permanent injury, according to her mother. It took over 15 minutes to release the child's foot from the escalator.
Once the shoe was shredded, the escalator continued to tear the skin off the child’s big toe and broke three other toes, according to attorney Andrew Laskin.
The mother is asking for $4 million for her daughter.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports 77 escalator entrapment incidents since January 2006, half of which have resulted in injury. All but two of the reported incidents have involved soft-sided flexible clog and slide type shoes.
This is not the first lawsuit to be filed against the company by parents of children hurt on escalators while wearing the shoes.
In February, the parents of a 3-year-old filed a $7 million lawsuit against the company when their daughter was injured on the escalator at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.
Court documents state the company has tried to shift the blame for children injured while wearing Crocs to inattentive parents and escalator makers.
In May, Consumer Reports reported safety groups in the United States and Japan had issued safety warnings about the potential dangers by young escalator riders wearing soft-sided flexible shoes such as Crocs. #