Scooter safety warnings, recalls
The government says parents can help reduce injuries involving motorized scooters. A new study from the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that powered scooters play a role in ten-thousand emergency room visits a year, and that about two-thirds of all injuries occur in kids under age 15.
The CPSC says less than half of all victims were wearing helmets. The agency is urging parents to make sure children wear bike helmets, along with knee and elbow pads when they ride scooters. Other advice is to have kids stay on smooth surfaces and not ride at night. Meantime, the CPSC is also announcing several scooter-related recalls.