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Special to The HDN

It is estimated more than 20,000 children ages 5 and younger are injured by shopping carts each year in the United States, according to the CPSC. Falls are the most common cause of shopping cart-related injury in children of this age group, accounting for 83 percent of all injuries. Tip-overs and children colliding with the shopping cart are other causes of injury.

Safe Kids Kansas offers the following safety tips:

* Never leave childreb unattended in a shopping cart and stay close to the cart at all times.

* Always use a harness or the safety belt provided for children riding in carts.

* Do not place infant carriers on top of a shopping cart.

* Do not let children ride in the cart basket, under the basket, on the sides or front of the cart.

* Use shopping carts that have an attached child carrier.

For more safety information, visit www.safekids.org.