Unpowered scooter-related injuries--United States, 1998-2000

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2000 Dec 15;49(49):1108-10.


Injuries associated with unpowered scooters have increased dramatically since May 2000. These scooters are a new version of the foot-propelled scooters first popular during the 1950s. Most scooters are made of lightweight aluminum with small, low-friction wheels similar to those on in-line skates. They weigh <10 pounds and fold for easy portability and storage. Up to 5 million scooters are expected to be sold in 2000, an increase from virtually zero last year (Consumer Product Safety Commission [CPSC], unpublished data, 2000). This report summarizes the results of a descriptive analysis of scooter-related injuries during the past 34 months and provides recommendations to reduce these injuries.

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • United States / epidemiology