Mum slams supermarket as she claims her tot fell out of the trolly seat!
A furious mum claims her nine month old baby is lucky to be alive after apparently falling from a supermarket trolley seat and crashing to the floor.
New mum Claire O’Callaghan, from Ashy-de-la-Zouch, Leics, claims her baby, Emmet, fell out of the trolley seat while she was shopping in Aldi earlier this month.
She says it’s a ‘miracle’ her son survived the incident unscathed, which comes just weeks after another mum set up an online petition, demanding Aldi change the design of their trolley child seats.
Aldi’s trolleys have come under fire after two people claim instances of babies falling from their seats.
Claire said: “I don’t want to let it lie, I know it’s the parent’s responsibility to look after their child but still, these trolleys are potential death traps.
“I imagined things in this country to be safe so funnily enough, I didn’t think much of the trolley when I put him in it.
“It’s a miracle he’s got no injuries, he’s perfectly fine.”
Claire says that Emmet fell from the trolley at the Aldi store in Ashby-de-la-Zouch on December 19, but Aldi deny their trolleys are unsafe.
Claire says she was distracted by her mother at the shop for just a short moment but never left Emmet’s side.
“Both of us were with the trolley the whole time. My mum passed me some butter and I literally just turned to get it.
“As I turned around he had launched himself out of the trolley and while I managed to break his fall in an attempt to catch him, he hit the floor.
“Even though he looked fine, we went to the doctors to check him out but luckily there was nothing wrong with him.
“My mum spoke to someone who was working there and they told they don’t have lap straps due to the risk of strangulation, which I think is absolute rubbish.
“They said they don’t need to fit them as they already meet EU regulation for the safety of their trolleys.”
“The store people put it in the accident book and they were really lovely about it.
“But when I called the customer services people they said the trolleys are fine as they conform to regulations.
“All the other supermarkets seem to have them so what will it take for Aldi to follow suit, a child dying or getting brain damage?”
Claire who is a hairdresser, married Emmet’s father and her childhood sweetheart, Patrick, last year.
She added: “I’d do anything that’s in my son’s best interest so I went to see if there had been any similar reports or complaints before.
“I then searched it online and saw I wasn’t alone.
“If they can’t make their trolleys safe, they shouldn’t have the option to put your child on them at all.”
Jodie Shawcross from Ashton-Under-Lyne, Manchester, created an online petition for Aldi to put straps on their trolleys after her toddler stood up in one.
An Aldi spokesperson said: “We are very sorry to hear about this incident.
“We provide customers with a range of infant trolleys in all of our stores, which comply with all relevant safety standards.”