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Inj Prev. 2007 December; 13(6): 365.
PMCID: PMC2598300

Escalator incidents linked to popular sandals

Forty people wearing Crocs and imitations of the popular Japanese resin sandal design have reported getting their feet caught on escalators since May, according to Japan's International Trade and Industry Ministry and the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation. In six cases, victims suffered minor injuries, but in one case, a 5‐year‐old girl broke her middle toe, according to officials. Officials are concerned that children wearing these types of sandals could have similar mishaps, and have called on the public to make sure children take care when riding escalators. The sandals are shaped like a clog and have holes across the instep, and wearers can change the strap's position to taste. Between May and August 2007, 40 people wearing footwear of this design were involved in incidents in which the sandal became caught in the space at the front or side of an escalator step. According to the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation, most of the mishaps are believed to have been caused as a result of children putting their feet beyond the yellow outline painted on escalator steps, where people are advised not to put their feet. As it has yet to be determined whether the incidents are the result of problems with the sandals or the escalators, the institute will continue to investigate the case.

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