Toys R Us Inc. announced today that they are launched a trade-in program for potentially unsafe used cribs and other baby gear.
Between Aug. 28 and Sept. 20, all Babies R Us and Toys R Us locations nationwide(CANADA EXCLUDED) will accept returns of any used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, play yards and high chairs.
In exchange, shoppers will receive 20% off the purchase of any new item in those product categories, from select manufacturers.
“We are all looking for ways to stretch our dollars, but in doing so, children’s safety should not be compromised,” said chief executive Jerry Storch. “[It’s important to be] vigilant about potentially unsafe children’s items that may still be in the marketplace.”
The trade-in offer aims to educate consumers that certain baby items should not be reused or resold. The program also seeks to call attention to the fact that only 30% of recalled baby products are ever actually returned, the company said, which means that many dangerous items remain in circulation.
Beyond recalls due to safety hazards, used baby products can pose further dangers, Toys R Us noted. For example, the materials that car seats are made of can break down over time, making the product less effective in a crash.
Manufacturers participating in the “Great Trade-In” event include Baby Cache, Babi Italia, Baby Trend, Bertini, Britax, Chicco, Contours by Kolcraft, Cosco, Delta, Eddie Bauer, Evenflo, Graco, Jeep, Nature’s Purest by Summer Infant, Safety 1st and Sorelle. Customers can save 20% on a new purchase, from any of the specified product categories and from any of the aforementioned manufacturers, in Babies“R”Us and Toys“R”Us stores nationwide on the day they trade in their used item. Day care centers or other organizations who wish to exchange items in bulk are encouraged to contact their local Babies“R”Us or Toys“R”Us store prior to returning their used items to ensure adequate availability of new merchandise.
For more information customers can visit the company’s Safety website, Toysrus.com/Safety