Thousands of Child Car Seats Are Recalled: Here's How to Pick a Safe Seat

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This week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that the baby product manufacturer Graco would be recalling 25,000 My Ride 65 infant car seats; the seat's harness webbing, they found, might not adequately restrain a child in the event of an accident. If your model number is included in the recall, you can contact Graco for a replacement harness kit.

Although child seat recalls are infrequent occurrences, the NHTSA announcement highlights the need for some best practices for parents when shopping for and maintaining an infant car seat for their child.

Removable seats are typically used from the time a child is born until the age of 7, although some children between the ages of 4 and 7 might be able to graduate to a booster seat that aligns their body properly with adult-size seat belts in vehicles. For children under 3, seats that face the rear of the vehicle provide the maximum amount of security. As they grow, a forward-facing seat incorporates a harness and tether to limit movement. (Some seats are convertible, which allows you to switch from a rear- to forward-facing position at the appropriate time. Manufacturers provide height and weight limits for seats that will guide you.)

Installing a child seat can often be a source of stress for parents who are concerned they might have missed something, but there’s help for that, too: The NHTSA has an online search tool to find vehicle inspectors who can look at the seat and make sure it’s situated properly in a given make and model of vehicle. Generally, the units are tethered in the back by seat belts or seat anchors provided by the car manufacturer and are fitted with straps that fit snugly but not too tightly.

While you usually replace your car seat when your child outgrows it, not everyone knows that car seats come with expiration dates that signal the need to retire the equipment. That’s because exposure to heat and cold can degrade the plastics and other materials used.

Finally, registering the seat with the manufacturer will ensure that any possible recalls or safety issues—like Graco's—will come to your immediate attention. According to the NHTSA, most car seat owners don’t bother with this. That’s a mistake. For your child’s safety, taking a few minutes to register your model could potentially offset serious injury down the road.

[h/t CNN]

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
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- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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The Worst Drivers In America Live in These 15 States

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No matter how many times you've been cut off on a road trip, anecdotal evidence alone can't prove that a certain state's drivers are worse than yours. For that, you need statistics. The personal finance company SmartAsset compiled data related to bad driving behaviors to create this list of the 15 states in America with the worst drivers.

This ranking is based on four metrics: the number of fatalities per 100 million miles driven in each state, DUI arrests per 1000 drivers, the percentage of uninsured drivers, and how often residents Google the terms “speeding ticket” or “traffic ticket.”

Mississippi ranks worst overall, with the second-highest number of fatalities and the second lowest percentage of insured drivers. This marked the third year in a row Mississippi claimed the bottom slot in SmartAsset's worst driver's list. This year, it's followed by Nevada in second place and Tennessee in third. You can check out the worst offenders in the country in the list below.

Some motorists may be more interested in avoiding the cities plagued by bad driving than the states. These two categories don't always align: Oregon, which didn't crack the top 10 states with the worst drivers, is home to Portland, the city with the worst drivers according to one quote comparison site. After reading through the list of states, compare it to the cities with the worst drivers in America here.

  1. Mississippi
  1. Nevada
  1. Tennessee
  1. Florida
  1. California
  1. Arizona
  1. South Carolina (Tie)
  1. Texas (Tie)
  1. New Mexico
  1. Alaska
  1. Louisiana
  1. Alabama
  1. Oregon
  1. Arkansas
  1. Colorado