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Children’s safety is your business

November 18, 2010
By Ray Scarpelli Sr., Chicago Metro NADA Director

This August, dealers can do one very important thing to make sure children in our communities are riding safely in cars: host child safety-seat inspections as part of the CATA’s car seat safety check campaign. The campaign will be promoted in puiblic service announcements that will air on NBC5 Chicago and on various Chicago radio stations that are media partners of the CATA.


The PSAs will direct consumers to for a list of dealers participating in the checks, so make sure you alert the CATA’s Dave Sloan about your plans.


Holding an inspection event is a great way to improve your customers’ safety—and boost dealer image. A how-to tool kit, "Building Child Passenger Safety Awareness in Your Community," was prepared by the NADA and included with the June issue of NADA’s AutoExec magazine. You can also access the kit online, along with information on child safety for dealers and consumers, at 


If you hold a child-safety day at your store, the NADA would like to hear how it went and how well it was attended, and about its value to your community. Please e-mail


In legislative and regulatory news:


The House of Representatives voted 269-156 in favor of compromise legislation that would reduce the number of people subject to the estate tax, as well as the rate of tax. House Ways and Means Committee chairman Bill Thomas’s (R-Calif.) bill, H.R. 5638, would be effective Jan. 1, 2010. Among other provisions, the legislation would:


  • Increase the estate-tax exemption to $5 million per person, or $10 million per couple
  • Tax estates up to $25 million at the capital-gains rate, currently 15 percent
  • Tax estates of $25 million or more at twice the capital-gains rate, or 30 percent.


The $5 million and $10 million exemptions would be indexed for inflation after the bill takes effect. And if Congress fails to extend the 15 percent capital-gains rate in 2011, the estate tax rate would rise to 20 percent for estates up to $25 million and to 40 percent for estates worth $25 million or more.


In late June, the bill was headed to the Senate.


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a new publication, "Best Practices Guide: Fundamentals of a Workplace First-Aid Program." The free guide identifies key elements of successful first-aid programs, including how to plan and conduct safe and effective first-aid training.


Publication of OSHA’s guide coincides with greater concern about cases of septic shock being reported in association with contaminated "flood cars" from last year’s hurricane zones. Apparently, some cars submerged in the floodwaters were infested with septic toxins that could remain in the vehicle for some time, posing a health risk to technicians if they are cut or scratched while working on the vehicles.


To download a copy of the guide, go to Questions? Contact NADA Regulatory Affairs at or 703-821-7040.


In other NADA news:


  • How can you encourage teenagers in your community to consider working at your store? Host an event during NADA’s Automotive Career Month this October. You can now request an event-planning kit at The kit contains sample letters to school principals, guidance counselors, and local media; a sample event agenda; two Automotive Career Month posters with room for your dealership information; artwork for student brochures; a brief Automotive Career Month DVD; and a press release and scripts for public service announcements.  
  • The NADA announced that it will hold its 2009 Convention and Exposition in New Orleans as originally scheduled. "We welcome the opportunity to return to New Orleans for the automotive industry event of the year," said NADA president Phil Brady. "This decision shows our commitment to do our part to help the city rebound from the devastation of Katrina."


The NADA cited the city’s steady progress in rebuilding its business and tourism infrastructure as a key factor in its decision. The association will continue to work closely with the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and city leaders to ensure an outstanding event.  

The association’s last convention in New Orleans, in 2005, brought 27,000 visitors to the city and had an estimated economic impact of more than $50 million.


As always, let me know your ideas and concerns, so that I can meet your needs as your NADA director. Reach me at my dealership, Raymond Chevrolet, at 847-395-3600.