Why are they doing this? Well, especially in today's economy, I am sure many parents are buying baby gear online off Craig's List, Ebay and/or accepting hand-me-downs from friends and family. But not all items, especially car seats and cribs, are good items to be handed down or resold due to safety concerns, recalls or damage that you are otherwise unaware of.
The “Great Trade-In” event places an emphasis on specific old or second-hand baby products that may be potentially unsafe, but are still in circulation. According to consumer advocacy organization Kids In Danger (KID), in general, less than 30% of affected items are returned when a baby product is recalled. Beyond recalls, certain older and used baby products can raise other concerns. This could include products that have been damaged or others where advances in product safety have rendered older models non-compliant with the latest standards.
The “Great Trade-In” event began Friday, August 28 and continues through Sunday, September 20. All Babies“R”Us and Toys“R”Us locations nationwide will accept returns of any used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, play yards and high chairs in exchange for a 20% savings on the purchase of any new baby item, in any of these product categories, from select manufacturers.
And remember to check the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) website, www.cpsc.gov, to make sure a product has not been recalled before using or purchasing it second-hand.
In addition, you should be aware that used baby products can raise other safety concerns. For example:
- Federal and voluntary standards and regulations for safety testing, particularly for cribs, have changed significantly over the past few years, and older products may not have been produced to meet these stringent requirements;
- Car seats can sustain damage in an accident that may not be visible to the naked eye, but could prevent the seat from functioning properly;
- Car seats have expiration dates, as the materials can deteriorate over time, potentially making the car seat less effective in a crash. Parents can check with the car seat manufacturer to determine the recommended period of use for a particular car seat;
- Certain baby products, particularly car seats, are regularly introduced with new innovations in technology that can improve the products’ safety efficacy;
- Products made of or that contain certain materials, like wood and plastic, for example, can deteriorate when exposed to extreme weather conditions, like heat, potentially compromising safety integrity; and
- Parts or instruction books for proper assembly, installation or use may be missing.
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.
Visit Toysrus.com/Safety for the latest information on product safety and to sign up to receive product recall notifications by e-mail.