Toys “R” Us Allowing Consumers to Trade In Unsafe Products
The last thing any parent wants is see their child get hurt. Cautious parents take the extra time to make sure they get the right car seat for their child, don’t let their children play unsupervised, and take all the necessary steps to childproof their home. But when you think of all the things around the house that your child comes into contact with on a daily basis — their crib, their car seat, their strollers, their toys — it can be hard to keep up with whether or not those things are as safe as they could be.
In a perfect world, only products that are truly safe would ever make it onto store shelves. But in many cases, product safety issues don’t come to light until after the product has made its way into consumers’ homes. If a defective product is recalled, consumers might not hear about it and keep on using it. And with many products for babies and children, a product might not be recalled, but it might be kept around long enough that it no longer meets current safety standards.
If you have babies or young children, you might want to look around your house for things that might be old and unsafe. During the month of February, Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us are holding their annual Great Trade-In event. During this time, people are welcome to bring in their old and potentially unsafe child and baby products into their local store and trade them in for a coupon that can be used on purchasing a newer, safer version of that item.
Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores will be accepting used cribs, high chairs, car seats, strollers, baby swings and bouncers, bassinets, walkers, playpens, travel systems, entertainers, and toddler/twin beds. All products that are brought in will be properly disposed of so there’s no need to worry about potentially unsafe products finding their way into new homes.
By trading in one of the accepted products, customers receive a 25% discount coupon on an updated version of that product. If “R” Us credit card holders use their store card to make their purchase, they can get a 30% discount instead. Many widely popular manufacturers, including Baby Trend, Britax, Chicco, Evenflo, Graco, Safety 1st, and Sorelle are included in the event. However, the discounts cannot be used on mattresses, gliders, ottomans, special order items, clearance items, and Red Hot Deal items. Certain brands are also excluded from the discount.
Before bringing anything to the store, check online to see if a recall has been issued for it. If an item has been recalled, you may be able to simply get a free repair from the manufacturer. Toys “R” Us also has a “no quibble” policy of taking back recalled products, even if you no longer have the receipt. If a recalled product is returned without the receipt, the customer will be given a store credit for the product’s lowest sale price within the past 30 days. Toys “R” Us has a list of some recalled products on their website.
Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us have been doing the Great Trade-In Event annually since 2009. Over the years, they’ve taken over 1.1 million potentially dangerous products out of circulation. Many of the products people have brought in during past Great Trade-In events were damaged, had missing pieces, or were old enough that they no longer meet current safety standards.