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Left alone in a vehicle, even for a short time, a child is in danger of:

  • Abduction
  • Injury
  • Dehydration
  • Death

The temperature inside a car can get dangerously hot, even in moderate weather with the windows slightly down.  Kids can suffer from heat stroke causing serious injuries and sometimes death.  Simply leaving the air conditioner on doesn’t make your child safe. A child could put the car in drive, get caught in a closing power window or be abducted.

Here are some tips to keep kids safe around cars:


  • Never leave a child unattended in a car. Not even for a minute.
  • Always 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.

Check out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the New Jersey's Division of Highway Traffic Safety's Web site for Child Car Seat information, including links for product recalls and Car Seat Check locations and schedules.