Parents warn of Crocs after son injured on escalatorAugust 16, 2018
EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – What started out as a fun day at the movies for a family in Massachusetts ended with something unthinkable.
Cara Caminiti and Steven Krueger were vacationing in Maryland last month when they decided to take their two kids, Max and Andrew, to see a movie on a rainy day.
"Everything's going great and we're having a great morning, then on the way down the escalator, I hear her start screaming."
Steven's wife Cara was standing on the escalator with their youngest son, Andrew.
"I was holding Andrew's hand, and he just stepped a little too far to the left, and his Croc got caught inside," Cara said.
When Steven turned around, he saw what many people would describe as a parent's worst nightmare. "He's bleeding everywhere, I'm looking for somebody to call 911."
Cara struggled to pull her 3-year-old son from the escalator's grip, as the sharp metal sliced through his shoe.
She eventually managed to release Andrew's bleeding foot, but the damage had already been done. He was rushed to the emergency room by ambulance, where he was treated for a bad gash that required 12 stitches.
"It happened very quickly, and while I was holding his hand, you just don't think something could happen to your child while you're holding their hand. I just think Crocs are too dangerous to be worn on escalators at all, after what happened," she said.
Andrew was wearing a pair of Crocs, colorful plastic shoes that have become increasingly popular with children.
Cara said it only took seconds for her son's shoe to get wedged in the escalator's sidewall. She also said the back strap, hampered her efforts to try and pull him out.
The 22News I-Team did some research, and discovered other reports of escalator incidents involving this shoe-maker.
Back in 2012, parents from California sued Crocs, after their 4-year-old daughter lost a toe on an escalator.
In 2008, a Pennsylvania woman sued the company, after her son was hurt when his Crocs got caught in an escalator.
In 2016, a lawsuit was filed in Texas, after a 2-year-old was injured in a similar accident.
Andrew has since recovered, and is now left with a scar from the terrifying incident. As for his parents, Cara told the I-Team they hope that telling his story will prevent other kids from getting hurt. "When going on an escalator, children should be wearing socks and shoes, no soft shoes of any kind."
The I-Team contacted Crocs, who said the company has attached hang tags to their shoes, to address safe riding behavior on escalators and moving walkways.
Crocs spokesperson Ryan Roccaforte sent the I-Team the following statement:
"We are committed to the safety of our customers, which is the top priority for our company. Our shoes are safe and do not present a hazard. Crocs continues to monitor the use and safety performance of its footwear.
Consumer safety is a top priority at Crocs, which is why we have included educational hang tags on Crocs products worldwide. We're doing this because Crocs cares about the safety, comfort and satisfaction of consumers and the popularity of our shoes give us an opportunity to educate millions of our customers on the importance of escalator safety.
The most important safety factors for escalators and moving walkways are safe rider behavior and proper maintenance of escalators. Our hang tag messages are designed to address safe riding behavior."