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90+ New Jersey Dealerships Participate in Child Safety Campaign

Jul 14, 2009

DCF Partners with More Than 90 Car & Truck Dealerships to Promote

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. Department of Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner Kimberly Ricketts announced today, at the Miller Buick Pontiac GMC dealership in Woodbridge, this summer’s launch of New Jersey’s “Not Even for a Minute” public awareness campaign. This important campaign urges parents and caregivers to never leave children unattended in a vehicle, where temperatures can quickly rise to dangerous levels, especially in warmer summer months.“We hope this campaign and the department’s efforts will help avoid vehicle-related tragedies from happening in New Jersey,” Governor Jon S. Corzine said. “I urge all New Jerseyans to help us spread this message that can save a child’s life this summer.”“We are reminding parents that an unspeakable tragedy can happen in a manner of minutes,” DCF Commissioner Ricketts said. “No matter how busy caregivers get, they must never leave a child in a vehicle without a parent or caregiver.”A child left alone in a vehicle, even for a short time, is in danger of abduction, injury, dehydration and even death. Approximately 40 children die each year in the United States, and hundreds more are injured after being left unattended in a vehicle, according to a study published by Pediatrics, the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. One child died in New Jersey after being left in a vehicle last summer.That same study noted that the temperature in a car can rise upwards of 19 degrees in just 10 minutes. The temperature inside a car can get dangerously hot, even in moderate weather with the windows slightly down.DCF has partnered with the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers (NJCAR) to help spread this lifesaving message to families all across the State. Through this partnership, over 90 dealerships have stepped up to participate in this campaign and offered to distribute posters, strip cards, and newly developed car window clings in both English and Spanish. A list of participating dealerships can be found below.“New car and truck retailers throughout New Jersey have always been among the first to lend their support when a community needs to promote an important message and none is more important than the safety of our children,” James B. Appleton, President of NJ CAR, said. “Dealers want consumers and their families to enjoy their vehicles and there is no better way than to promote car safety, from proper car-seat installation and wearing seatbelts to the dangers of intense temperatures that an enclosed vehicle can reach during the summer months. NJ CAR is very proud of the dealers participating in this very important program.”“Not Even For a Minute” outlines tips for parents to help keep kids safe around cars, including:

  • Never leave a child unattended in a car. Not even for a minute.
  • Aways lock your car and secure the keys so that your kids can’t get to them.
  • Warn your children about playing in and around cars.
  • Install a trunk release mechanism so that kids can’t get trapped inside the trunk.
  • Get your kids out of the car first, and then worry about unloading the groceries and items out of the car.

Another key partner in this effort is the Department of Law and Public Safety’s (LPS) Division of Highway Traffic Safety, who have agreed to distribute materials at various child car seat safety checkpoints throughout the summer.“As you’re traveling this summer, make sure your child is properly restrained in a federally-approved car safety seat, booster seat or seat belt and, when you reach your destination, immediately remove your child from the vehicle,” said Division of Highway Traffic Safety Director Pam Fischer. “When re-entering the vehicle, make sure the car or booster seat isn’t hot to the touch. Never put a child into a seat that has been sitting in a hot car for any period of time without allowing it to properly cool down.”DCF has also distributed safety campaign materials to the new Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC), AAA Clubs of New Jersey, state’s Family Success Centers, licensed child care centers, parent-teacher organizations, the New Jersey League of Municipalities and NJ 2-1-1.In addition to these efforts underway, DCF is seeking community support to spread this important message. Community organizations and groups – such as churches, neighborhood associations, local businesses, municipalities, and school groups – are urged to help the state raise awareness and prevent tragedies this summer.If you or your organization is interested in helping DCF spread the message of car safety this summer, please contact the Office of Communications at 609-292-0422 and visit our Web site at:

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Participating DealershipsAutosport Honda1051 Route 22Bridgewater, NJ 08807Belle Mead Garage2454 Route 206 SouthBelle Mead, NJ 08502Beyer Bros. Corp.109 Broad AvenueFairview, NJ 07022Bob Maguire Chevrolet840 Route 206Bordentown, NJ 08505Borough Chrysler Jeep168 Hamburg TurnpikeWayne, NJ 07470Bridgewater Volvo1028 Route 22Somerville, NJ 08876Calerini Pontiac385 Route 46 EastBudd Lake, NJ 07828Cambria Automotive Companies, Inc.116 Talmadge RoadEdison, NJ 08817Cherry Hill Imports2261 West Route 70Cherry Hill, NJ 08002Chrysler of Paramus234 Route 4 EastParamus, NJ 07652Circle BMW500 Route 36 EastEatontown, NJ 07724City Auto Park4395 Route 130 SouthBurlington, NJ 08016Coast Honda2110 Route 35Sea Girt, NJ 08750Colonial Auto Mall1121 Ocean AvenueLakewood, NJ 08701Crane Chevrolet999 Route 46Clifton, NJ 07013Dayton Toyota2291 Route 130 at 522Dayton, NJ 08810DeFelice Chevrolet2506 Route 88Point Pleasant, NJ 08742Dodge Hyundai of Paramus315 Route 4 WestParamus, NJ 07652Douglas Buick Pontiac GMC491 Morris AvenueSummit, NJ 07901Douglas Infiniti430 Morris AvenueSummit, NJ 07901Downs Ford Lincoln Mercury Inc.360 Highway 37 EastToms River, NJ 08753East Coast Toyota85 Route 17 SouthWoodRidge, NJ 07075Englewood Auto Group386 Grand AvenueEnglewood, NJ 07631Frank’s Pontiac GMC325 Orient WayLyndhurst, NJ 07071Galaxy Toyota750 Route 36Eatontown, NJ 07724Gearhart Chevrolet281 East Route 46Denville, NJ 07834Globe Motor Car1230 Bloomfield AvenueFairfield, NJ 07004Honda of Toms RiverRoute 37Toms River, NJ 07853Honda Universe1085 Route 88Lakewood, NJ 08701Hudson Honda6608 Kennedy BoulevardWest New York, NJ 07093Hunterdon BMW1080 Route 22 WestLebanon, NJ 08833Irwin Lincoln Mercury Mazda4000 Route 9 SouthFreehold, NJ 07728Johnson Dodge Chrysler Jeep481 Route 46 @ Naughright RoadHasbrouck Heights, NJ 07840Kevil Chevrolet412 Route 46Budd Lake, NJ 07828Konner Chevrolet950 Bloomfield AvenueWest Caldwell, NJ 07006Larson Ford Suzuki1150 Ocean AvenueLakewood, NJ 08701Lawrence Lexus2630 Route 1 NorthLawrenceville, NJ 08648Lester Glenn Auto Group101 Route 37 EastToms River, NJ 08753Lexus of Bridgewater1550 Route 22 EastBridgewater, NJ 08807Liberty Hyundai305 Route 17 NorthMahwah, NJ 07430Liberty Subaru66 Kinderkamack RoadOradell, NJ 07649Lilliston Chrysler Dodge Jeep1501 North Second StreetMillville, NJ 08332Lincoln Mercury of Wayne1910 Route 23 NorthWayne, NJ 07470Madison Honda280 Main StreetMadison, NJ 07940Mahwah Honda99 Franklin TurnpikeMahwah, NJ 07430Malouf Buick Pontiac1975 U.S. Highway 1North Brunswick, NJ 08902Malouf Chevrolet Cadillac1950 U.S. Highway 1North Brunswick, NJ 08902Malouf Ford Lincoln Mercury2210 U.S. Highway 1 @ Commerce Blvd.North Brunswick, NJ 08902Manahawkin Chrysler Dodge500 Route 72Manahawkin, NJ 08050Matt Blatt Suzuki6211 Black Horse PikeEgg Harbor, NJ 08234Meadowlands Nissan45 Route 17 SouthHasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604Medford Ford186 Route 70Medford, NJ 08055Mercedes Benz of Cherry Hill2151 Route 70 WestCherry Hill, NJ 08002Metro Honda540 Route 440 NorthJersey City, NJ 07305Miller Buick Pontiac GMC920 Route 1 NorthWoodbridge, NJ 07095Miller Ford Lincoln Mercury596 Route 38Lumberton, NJ 08048Miller Subaru1592 Route 38Lumberton, NJ 08048Mt. Ephraim Chrysler Dodge620 North Black Horse PikeMt. Ephraim, NJ 08059Multi Chevrolet2675 Route 22 WestUnion, NJ 07083Multi Subaru2685 Route 22 WestUnion, NJ 07083Nissan of Bergenfield316 South Washington AvenueBergenfield, NJ 07621Perry-Egan Chevrolet, Inc.1601 Simpson AvenueOcean City, NJ 08226Pointe Pontiac Buick GMC91 North Virginia AvenuePenns Grove, NJ 08069Precision Acura3001 Route 1 SouthLawrenceville, NJ 08648Rassas Pontiac Buick, Inc.395 Broad StreetRed Bank, NJ 07701Ray Catena of Union, LLC2585 Route 22 WestUnion, NJ 07083Red Bank Volvo100 Newman Springs RoadRed Bank, NJ 07701Rossi Chevrolet360 Route 31Washington, NJ 07882Royal Cadillac Hummer334 Columbia TurnpikeFlorham Park, NJ 07932Royal Pontiac Buick GMC355 Route 23Sussex, NJ 07461Saturn of Bordentown237 Route 130Bordentown, NJ 08505Saturn of Green Brook270 Route 22 WestGreen Brook, NJ 08812Saturn of Toms River1199 Route 37 EastToms River, NJ 08753Saturn of Union2675 Route 22 WestUnion, NJ 07083Schumacher Chevrolet8 Main StreetLittle Falls, NJ 07424Smith Motor Company359 Route 31 SouthWashington, NJ 07882Team Nissan, Inc.1715 South Delsea DriveVineland, NJ 08360Town & Country Motors701 Highway 202-206 NorthBridgewater, NJ 08807Towne Hyundai3170 route 10 WestDenville, NJ 07834Towne Toyota1499 Route 46 WestLedgewood, NJ 07852Toyota Universe1485 Route 46 EastLittle Falls, NJ 07424Tri-County Lexus700 Route 46 WestLittle Falls, NJ 07424Verner-Cadby Ford1240 Bloomfield AvenueFairfield, NJ 07004Warnock Dodge Chrysler Jeep200 Bloomfield AvenueMorristown, NJ 07960Warnock Dodge Chrysler Jeep175 Route 10East Hanover, NJ 07936Warnock Ford170 Ridgedale AvenueMorristown, NJ 07960Warnock Lexus130 Route 10Whippany, NJ 07981Werner Dodge525 Highway 36Belford, NJ 07718Wigder Chevrolet, Inc.606 Route 10 WestLivingston, NJ 07039Windsor Nissan590 Route 130 SouthEast Windsor, NJ 08520