Booster seat warning

October 1, 2008

Booster seats are supposed to elevate kids so a vehicle's seat belt is in the right position to restrain them during a crash. But according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, some are not well-designed and fail to adequately protect kids.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety evaluated 41 booster seats and found that 13 do a "Poor" job and the institute would not recommend them. The Institute ranked only 10 models as "best bets".

They include the Britax Parkway and Britax Monarch; the Recaro Young Style; as well as the following backless models with clips: the Graco TurboBooster, Fisher-Price Safe Voyage, Combi Kobuk, and Safeguard Go.

Beware of fraudulent text messages designed to steal your identity. Consumers are getting text messages that appear to be from Beneficial Bank.

The message instructs account holders to call a phone number to verify their personal information. Once they call they're prompted to provide account numbers and pins.

Beneficial Bank said the text messages are a scam. The bank never asks customers to verify information through unsolicited emails, phone calls, or text messages.

Wal-Mart is starting its Christmas holiday sales earlier than ever before. It announced Wednesday it is cutting prices on popular toys. Right now it is selling ten toys, including certain Barbie dolls and Tonka trucks, for 10-dollars each.

It will also start selling holiday ornaments and décor early starting the week of October 6th.

The big box store hopes giving consumers more time to shop will help them stretch their limited budgets.

A lot of other retailers are doing the same. Macy's and Lowes are also already selling holiday merchandise.

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