Kmart Australia shoppers warned of new ‘Wiggle Cart’ trend going viral on TikTok

Leading Australian retailer Kmart has taken the drastic step of removing a popular toy from its shelves over safety concerns.

The store is $29 Wiggle Carts have sold out across Australia since a TikTok user shared footage of him and his friends driving the toys at high speed through an empty car park.

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But with the popularity of the toys, there has been an outpouring of backlash from consumers and experts alike.

Now customers keen to get their hands on a mobile cart have learned it’s no longer being sold, after what appears to be a quick move by Kmart.

The Kmart Wiggle cart comes with various safety warnings. Credit: Kmart
Customers keen to get their hands on a mobile cart have learned it's no longer being sold, after what appears to be a quick move by Kmart.
Customers keen to get their hands on a mobile cart have learned it’s no longer being sold, after what appears to be a quick move by Kmart. Credit: KMART

Experts have slammed TikTok’s ‘dangerous’ trend that sees daredevils speeding up the ramps of Wiggle carts without safety gear.

One of the TikTok user’s Wiggle Cart videos has been viewed over 1.1 million times, and other videos have garnered hundreds of thousands of views.

Describing the ride-on toy as the “best $30 spent,” the TikTok user tells viewers to “now run to your nearest Kmart” and “ask for the Wiggle cart.”

Since going public with the craze, dozens of other TikTok users have shared videos of themselves using Wiggle carts and trying to buy them from Kmart.

One enthusiastic follower said, “I’ve never bought anything so quickly.

The store’s Wiggle Carts are now sold online and in most stores, with one shopper saying he visited “eight different Kmarts before he finally got one”.

TikTok videos showing the Wiggle Cart being used at high speed in an empty parking lot have gone viral.
TikTok videos showing the Wiggle Cart being used at high speed in an empty parking lot have gone viral. Credit: ICT Tac

But after so many people fancied getting their hands on a Kmart Wiggle Cart, a traffic safety expert has urged people to be careful when using the toys.

the Australian Road Safety FoundationCEO and founder of Russell White told 7NEWS.com.au that it wouldn’t take much for a cyclist to suffer a “pretty serious injury” from misusing the device.

“When something like this gains popularity very quickly, what you see is people pushing the boundaries of how it should be used,” he said.

“So what has to be used in a controlled environment and it’s clearly designed for people to use their own body weight to move the thing, once you put it on a downward slope it’s dangerous.

“To get hurt very quickly”

“A descent in itself is a bit of a question mark because once you descend a slope, you can no longer control the device. You will hurt yourself very quickly.

White went on to say that if a user were to use the device in a “work parking lot”, it could pose even more risk.

“The other problem with that is you’re so low to the ground,” he said.

The TikTok video shows Wiggle Cart users riding the toys without helmets or protective clothing.
The TikTok video shows Wiggle Cart users riding the toys without helmets or protective clothing. Credit: ICT Tac

“It’s in an empty parking lot, but if you think people won’t limit themselves to that stuff.

“And from the perspective of a motorist or a truck driver, the problem is that you could hit them without even realizing that you did. You would know you hit something, but you would think “Oh, what was that?”

“Especially if they’re a little out of control on the device, that’s when all of these things can come together and create a problem.

“Even the pace of these things is concerning. Once you gain momentum, a sudden stop with a vehicle will land you in trouble.

“In these videos, you see examples of falling or colliding. There is a personal risk of injury, but also if a car comes around the corner – a driver doesn’t expect to see this so low to the ground, your brain is not programmed to look for this potential risk.

“When you watch these videos, the pilots’ heads are at or below the concrete ramps, so they will be invisible to the pilots.

Ever since TikTok videos went viral, Kmart Wiggle Carts have sold out online and in many stores.
Ever since TikTok videos went viral, Kmart Wiggle Carts have sold out online and in many stores. Credit: ICT Tac

“And you wouldn’t need to have a lot of speed to hurt yourself badly enough. It might start with innocent intentions, but if you start using it the wrong way, there’s going to be an incident somewhere along the way. of the line.

He went on to say that he was concerned that a bit of “innocent” fun could quickly turn dangerous.

“I’m really surprised they can sell them,” he said.

“There don’t seem to be any regulations or restrictions on these things, from what I can see.

“They just happen and people think they’re a bit of fun, something quite innocent. But it can end up being quite dangerous.

Kmart’s Wiggle carts come with very clear safety instructions and warnings, stating that they have a weight capacity of 50kg and should be used by people over the age of seven.

They also warn users to always use Wiggle carts under adult supervision, wear a helmet and protective clothing, and never use them on an open road or near vehicular traffic. The devices also come with a handbrake.

An expert has warned that Wiggle carts pose several risks.
An expert has warned that Wiggle carts pose several risks. Credit: ICT Tac

A Kmart Spokesperson told 7NEWS.com.au earlier in the week that the store was “disappointed” to see people “abusing” Wiggle Cart.

“At Kmart, the health and safety of our customers and team members is our number one priority,” the spokesperson said.

“The Wiggle Cart is designed for ages 7 and up to be used under adult supervision and has a listed weight capacity of 50kg.

“We are disappointed to hear that people are misusing the product and encourage customers to follow all usage and safety instructions included on the product packaging and on the Kmart website page.

“This includes making sure a child wears the correct helmet and protective clothing and never using it on the open road or near vehicular traffic.”

7NEWS.com.au has contacted Kmart for further comment.