January 27, 2012 - Injury Free Coalition for Kids National Office
From Friday, January 27 through Monday, February 20, Babies"R"Us and Toys"R"Us stores nationwide are holding the "Great Trade-In" event, urging customers to trade-in any used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, play yards, high chairs, walkers, swings, bouncers, entertainers or kids' beds in exchange for a 25% savings on the purchase of any new baby item, in any of these product categories, from select manufacturers.
The "Great Trade-In" event is a national safety program designed to draw attention to the fact that certain used baby products, like cribs and car seats, can carry potential hazards, but are still in circulation and are not the best candidates to be handed down or resold. Beyond recalls, certain older and used baby items can be potentially unsafe for a variety of reasons, including damage or lack of compliance with recent advances in product safety standards.
Since introducing the "Great Trade-In" event in September 2009, more than half a million unsafe cribs, car seats and other baby products – most of which were in extremely poor condition – have been turned in at "R" Us stores across the country.
Customers can visit their local Babies"R"Us or Toys"R"Us store to trade-in used cribs or baby products. Day care centers or other organizations that 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.
More information on the "Great Trade-In" event, including a list of participating manufacturers, is available on Babiesrus.com/trade-in. Information on Toys"R"Us, Inc. safety initiatives, to sign up to receive e-mail notifications about product recalls, you can visit Toysrus.com/Safety, and you can go to the Toys"R"Us website or look in the safety area of this website for tips to keep kids safe.