Target’s Car Seat Trade-In Event is Back — Here’s What to Know

It happens twice a year – and that time has come again!

A baby smiles in a car seat

Target’s semi-annual car seat trade-in event is back again, and here’s what parents need to know about the suite of deals running this September 2021, and how to return your car seat.

September marks the start of Baby Safety Month, and Target decided it’s the perfect time to launch its semi-annual Car Seat Trade-in program.

Parents realize pretty quickly how expensive some key safety items are when they bring a baby into the world. Target has come through for parents time and again with their car seat program — because car seats, just like strollers, cribs, clothes, and more, are really expensive.

The Car Seat Trade-in event runs from Sunday, September 12 to Saturday, September 25. Parents can head to their local Target store and receive a 20 percent off coupon when they trade in an old car seat for a new one.

To take part in the promotion, parents can drop off their old car seat or car seat base into a designated box inside their local Target store. The store will accept expired or damaged car seats, really old ones, as well as all different types of car seats. They do not have to be usable at all.

From there, parents can open the Target Circle App on their phone to scan the code that’s on the box (or talk to an in-store employee if they don’t have the app).

From there, they’ll find a new 20 percent off coupon added to the wallet section in the Target App for dropping off the old car seat. That coupon can then be used to purchase other baby gear in the store, including a new car seat, a new car seat base, a stroller or stroller system, bouncers, rockers, swings, or high chairs.

The Car Seat Trade-in event is a big deal to parents because it’s hard to find a money-saving option for car seats, simply because they are so instrumental to keeping babies and kids safe.

That’s because it’s one of the few products for babies that are not recommended to buy or sell second-hand due to safety concerns. As a result, there are few opportunities to recoup some of the costs of car seats. And that’s why the Target promotion is something parents look forward to – plus, Target claims it helps the environment, too.

After Target collects the car seats, its partnership with Waste Management ensures the old car seats are recycled, taking them out of the landfills. Since the program’s launch in 2016, more than 22.2 million pounds of car seats have been recycled, they report.

So, parents, mark your calendars for Sunday, September 12, and hit up Target for more details.