Time for a Target Run: The Car Seat Trade-In Event Is Back


Is it time to upgrade your kiddo’s car seat? With safety regulations changing to encourage parents to keep their children rear-facing as long as possible, you may find yourself wanting to snag a new car seat for the long haul. Luckily, it’s time for the bi-annual Target car seat trade-in event!

From September 11th through 24th, shoppers can drop off their old car seats in designated drop-off boxes located near Guest Services at most Target stores (in-store drop-offs only!). In exchange, you’ll get a coupon to use through the Target app or target.com/circle for 20% off one new car seat, stroller or select baby gear, such as play yards, high chairs, swings, rockers and bouncers that can be used both in-store and online.

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Target will accept and recycle all types of car seats, including infant seats, convertible seats, car seat bases, harness or booster car seats and even car seats that are expired or damaged. Not only do you get a great deal on a new item, but you’re also helping to create less waste as Target’s partner, Waste Management, will recycle materials from your old car seats.

Additionally, you’ll be ensuring that other parents are not buying second-hand car seats that could be well past their expiration date or damaged from an accident from online marketplaces.

Since the program began in 2016, over 1.7 million car seats and 25.4 million pounds of car seat materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. The bi-annual event is part of Target’s larger initiative, Target Forward, which seeks to eliminate waste and enhance sustainability practices.

So if you’ve got that old car seat sitting around that isn’t accepted through your own curbside pickup or has expired, head to Target starting Apr. 18. The environment will thank you.

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