Friday, January 19, 2007

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The Sun

Boy slips under car in his Heelys

Craze ... boy slipped wearing a Heelys trainer

KIDS were warned to beware of trainers with roller-skate style wheels in the heels after it was revealed a boy suffered brain damage when he slipped in front of a car.

Trendy £55 Heelys shoes — worn by X Factor’s Ray Quinn — have been a must-have Christmas gift.

But their US makers face a multi-million pound lawsuit after Carlos Procell, 10, rolled back in his as he crossed a road and was hit by a car.

The schoolboy suffered serious head and chest injuries and has been in hospital for a month.

His New Jersey family is suing for compensation, saying the shoes should be fitted with brakes.

Last night Roger Vincent, of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, urged children here to take care.

He said: “Use common sense. Read the instructions and safety tips.

“In the US case, the boy was wearing his Heelys to cross a road. We’d advise against that.”