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Target’s Car Seat Trade-In Event Starts Next Week

Here's what you need to know to safely dispose of old seats, score the discounts, and upgrade your gear.

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Oh happy day. Target is bringing back their car seat trade-in event. This means that parents who want to get rid of an old, used car seat that’s sitting in the garage or one that their kids have sized out of, can exchange it and score a solid discount on a new model for doing so.

Target will start accepting car seats on April 22nd and the event will continue through May 5th. To drop off an old car seat, parents must simply find a nearby Target, head over to the guest services booth, and place the used seat in the drop-off box. Afterwards, they’ll be given a coupon that takes 20 percent off of a new car seat, booster seat, car seat base, travel system, or stroller. Target will send all the used seats to waste management, where they will be crafted into buckets, shopping carts, and construction materials.

Targets trade in event really is useful to parents. Besides the fact that it’s a giant pain in the ass to recycle a car seat (curb-side recycling doesn’t regularly pick up car seats), trading in your old car seat for a newer model is something most parents don’t as often as they should. Not only do car seats expire every six years but they also need to be replaced if they’re scratched or have been in an accident (a car seat, much like a bike helmet, need to be upgraded after a hit to ensure that they can properly absorb impact in the event of a future accident)

Parents should also check for car seat recalls. Roughly 100 products meant for babies and small children are recalled every year, most of which end up staying in homes because, as one can imagine, companies aren’t always quick to proactively push that information out there. In fact, when a company recalls something, usually only about 10 to 30 percent of the items make it back to the manufacturer.

So, keep this in mind as you consider hitting up Target’s trade-in event. It’s one of the easiest ways to upgrade your gear and ensure that whatever your kid is riding in is the safest it can be.