Target’s Car Seat Trade-In Is Back!

car seat trade in


Do you have an expired or outgrown car seat laying around?

What about a car seat that’s been in a crash?

How about a car seat whose last days were so gross you’d rather not discuss it?

Car Seat Trade In

Well I’ve got great news for you:  Target is bringing back its ever-popular Car Seat Trade-in Event!

The rules are simple.  Between September 9th through the 22nd:

  1. Bring your old car seat to customer service.  (If it’s gross, be kind and remove the cover.)
  2. Receive a coupon good for 20% off a new car seat, stroller, or other select baby gear item.
  3. Rejoice in the combined goodness of recycling and a Target trip!  You are already winning this day!

Target will recycle all your old car seats, including infant, convertible, car seat bases, harness or booster car seats, as well as those that are damaged or expired.   This is extremely useful because most municipalities do not accept car seats into their recycling programs.  If you’re like me, you hate to throw anything away so these crashed or expired things become garage floor decorations and/or things to trip over while carrying your laundry baskets through the basement.  Target has partnered with Waste Management to convert these unwanted car seats into pallets, steel beams, construction material, and more. Since the program launched, more than 306,000 car seats totaling about 4.6 million pounds have been recycled.  All Target stores, except small format, are participating.  Click here to make sure your favorite location will be taking part.

Bonus: the coupons, which are valid through October 8th, can be stacked with existing sales items (like the 10% off  select car seats sale that is running now). This is the perfect time to start researching which seats will work in your vehicle and for your baby.  And if you need installation help, you can find a Child Passenger Safety Technician that is local to you here.


Dana is the lucky mother to two incredible kids (aged 10 & 6) and the happy wife of Nate. She stumbled around in her adult life for a while before finally realizing that she could get paid to pursue her passion: keeping kids safe. In 2013 she started working at Modern Natural Baby in Ferndale where she eventually became a Child Passenger Safety Technician with additional Special Needs training. Dana also runs the child passenger safety-focused Facebook page Buckle Up Detroit and works with the amazing lady bosses at Metro Detroit Doula Services offering car seat classes, consultations, and more!

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