Crocs escalator update: $7 million lawsuit filed
More news from the dangerous world of Crocs shoes. It was reported by the Daily News yesterday that a $7 million lawsuit has been filed by the parents of an injured 3yr old girl. Her big toe was mangled in an escalator accident at JFK airport back in November of 2007, and her angry parents want Crocs to pay.
As some of you may know, I've been following this case for a while (read my two articles here and here ). As much as I love Crocs shoes for adults, I think mixing this sticky material with a loose-fiiting design and young children is a recipe for disaster. I'm not alone, and the evidence is building for Crocs to stop making shoes for kids.
Andrew Laskin, the lawyer representing 3yr old Emma Hochberg and her parents, had this to say:
"The skin was peeled off her toe," lawyer Andrew Laskin said. "It's a pretty horrifying injury. And it's also horrible for a parent to witness your child injured in this way and suffering."
"Just because a pair of shoes comes in pretty colors with Disney characters on it doesn't make it safe," Laskin said. "This is something Crocs has known ... for a considerable period of time yet consciously decided to ignore."
I'm particularly close to the Crocs ongoing story because they are based right here in Colorado, my place of work and residence. A spokesperson for Crocs said:
"Escalator safety is an issue we take very seriously, and we are looking into this report."
Let's hope they look deeply enough to make sure this doesn't happen again. In the meantime, please take great care if your children are wearing these Crocs shoes. If they're going to a mall or other building with escalators, it's probably a good idea to put them in more sturdy footwear. Stay safe people.