Crocs Sued For $7.5M Over Escalator Accident

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2008 4:41 PM CST
Rory McDermott, 4, poses with his Crocs at his home in Vienna, Va.., after his Croc-clad foot was caught in an escalator in August 2007. Another boy's mom sued the company after a similar accident.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A Pennsylvania woman has sued the manufacturer of Crocs for $7.5 million after her son was injured in an escalator accident, the Baltimore Sun reports. The 6-year-old was wearing the company's foam clogs when they caught in an escalator and mangled his right big toe. The suit charges that the company knew the combo was dangerous but didn't warn consumers.

Many similar accidents have occurred around the world, prompting Crocs to annonce a plan to attach warning labels to the footwear. “If you go buy Crocs in the spring of '09, you'll get a warning. What about the 5 million pairs of Crocs sold without the warning?” the woman’s attorney asked. “These are all parents who don't know.”