Spring has sprung, and if you're looking to do a little de-cluttering to celebrate the season, Target will take your old car seats off your hands.
At any time between April 22 and May 4, 2019, parents can drop off their old car seats for a coupon for 20 percent off a new car seat that can be redeemed until May 11, 2019. The car seats, don't have to be in perfect condition either. That's because Target partnered with Waste Management to repurpose parts of old seats. In fact, since the program's start in 2016, the company has recycled over 7.4 million pounds of goods.
As for the coupon offer, parent's aren't limited to just a car seat. According to target, it can be used on travel systems, strollers, car seat bases, rockers, bouncers, high chairs, or other items.
Still, if moms and dads opt to get a new seat, there's a lot to consider. Many parents want to make sure they choose the best option to keep their kids safe, but HealthyChildren.org, that doesn't really exist. In fact, the ideal option is actually the one that fits your child best. They also say choosing the item that's the most expensive doesn't mean it's the safest.
With that in mind, they do suggest taking precautions when choosing a seat though. There are a number of things to look out for. If the item looks old, has any cracks, is missing parts or the instructions, was recalled, or was in a car accident, it's not worth using. If you're ever curious about recent recalls, the NTHSA keeps an up to date record for concerned parents to check. Not only that, but parents can register your car seat with the manufacturer so they can receive notifications or updates about the product.
This is a pretty responsible move by Target. Encouraging parents to replace their older car seats may help their bottom line but it does protect the most vulnerable members in our families. For many, it may be a little too expensive to do, so offering a discount for an older item is perfect for many families, so it's a win-win for everyone.