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McCann Santo Domingo's 'Umbilicar' is Saving Toddlers from Negligence

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Agency launches new product in partnership with Nestlé powdered milk brand Nido

McCann Santo Domingo's 'Umbilicar' is Saving Toddlers from Negligence

According to Kids and Cars, a global children’s safety advocacy organisation, an average of 37 children a year die from being left alone in hot cars.

To confront this danger, Nestlé powdered milk brand Nido and McCann Santo Domingo created Umbilicar, a car safety device that helps prevent parents from forgetting their children inside vehicles.


The name Umbilicar derives from the association between the simplicity of the device’s functionality and the resemblance to the umbilical cord. The agency worked with expert product designers to produce a low-cost, highly effective analogue device that can easily be used by anyone driving a child in a car. The device acts as a second seat belt over the child's seat that won’t let drivers leave the vehicle without unbuckling the child seat.

"There are many intelligent apps that help prevent this kind of negligence, but due to the low penetration of smartphones and overall poor internet signal in Dominican Republic, we thought that an analogue, low cost, user-friendly device would be more effective,” says Álvaro Noboa, general creative director of McCann Santo Domingo.

The initiative was a success. In just one week, over 10,000 Umbilicar units were distributed in sample programmes at kindergartens and schools. Massive press coverage has led to an additional 300,000 units to be under production. Nido’s sales in the Dominican Republic grew 27% during the campaign period.

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Client

Advertiser: Nido (Nestlé)

Chief Creative Officer: Alvaro Noboa S.

Creative Agency

Art Director: Jose Jimenez, Eliu Bueno

Creative Agency: McCann Santo Domingo

General Creative Director: Freddy Alfau, Hector Chiang

Product Designer: Hector Chiang

McCann LATAM, Tue, 04 Jul 2017 15:22:14 GMT