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The Inside Scoop: Target’s car seat trade-in program begins September 13

You may not know this about me, but I am a Certified Car Seat Technician. I am also the Chairman of Safe Kids Macon County — I launched the Buckle Up, Baby car seat checking station event 7 years ago after learning that 75% of all car seats are installed incorrectly.

Car seat safety is a passion of mine and I am committed to keep our littles as safe as possible on the road. I know car seats can be expensive so one of my favorite programs out there is the car seat trade-in program from Target!

Did you know that car seats can expire? Over time, the wear and tear of a car seat make the plastics less reliable and not as safe, which is why they are given expiration dates!

To reduce waste and to promote child passenger safety, each year Target hosts a car seat trade-in event for families. During a trade-in event Target will accept and recycle all types of car seats, including infant seats, convertible seats, car seat bases, harness or booster car seats, and car seats that are expired or damaged. Materials from the old car seats are then recycled by Target’s partner, Waste Management.

This year’s event gets kicked off later this month. For two weeks – from Sept. 13 through 26 – Target stores will accept and recycle all types of car seats, including infant seats, convertible seats, car seat bases, harness or booster car seats, the retailer announced on its website.

In exchange for the old seat, customers will get a coupon for 20% off “one new seat, stroller or select baby gear item.”

The popular car seat trade-in event will be moving to a contactless format amid the coronavirus pandemic. In past years, shoppers brought the seats to guest services and were handed a paper coupon. This year, after dropping the seat in a designated box, they will get a digital coupon through the Target app by scanning a code.

Since Target’s first car seat trade-in program in April 2016, more than 14.4 million pounds of materials have been recycled, the company said on its website.

Every year during the month of September, Safe Kids coalition members host events across the country to help parents learn how to install and use their car seat correctly. These events are in celebration of National Child Passenger Safety Month, with the biggest focus being on Seat Check Saturday toward the end of the month. The entire nation gets behind keeping kids safer in car seats, booster seats, and seat belts. This year will obviously look different due to COVID19, but we remain committed to keep your littles safe, so stay tuned for information about an event later this month. And ALWAYS feel free to reach out to me with questions about car seat safety and what is best for your little ones!


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