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Toys R Us: Trade In Your Baby Gear

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CNN Money: Toys R Us Inc. has launched a trade-in program for potentially unsafe used cribs and other baby gear, the toy giant announced Wednesday.

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Between Aug. 28 and Sept. 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, shoppers will receive 20% off the purchase of any new item in those product categories, from select manufacturers.

"We are all looking for ways to stretch our dollars, but in doing so, children's safety should not be compromised," said chief executive Jerry Storch. "[It's important to be] vigilant about potentially unsafe children's items that may still be in the marketplace."
Getting rid of unsafe gear

The trade-in offer aims to educate consumers that certain baby items should not be reused or resold. The program also seeks to call attention to the fact that only 30% of recalled baby products are ever actually returned, the company said, which means that many dangerous items remain in circulation.

Beyond recalls due to safety hazards, used baby products can pose further dangers, Toys R Us noted. For example, the materials that car seats are made of can break down over time, making the product less effective in a crash.

Advocacy group Kids in Danger, which spoke with Toys R Us while the company was planning the trade-in event, said 103 "juvenile products" including cribs, strollers and toys have been recalled so far this year.

"The trade-in is a good effort among many that are needed [to improve safety], and retailers can be an important player," said Nancy Cowles, spokeswoman for Kids in Danger.

"But it would be easier to get safe products on the market in the first place," she noted, adding that many recalled children's products actually do meet safety standards -- which suggests that tighter guidelines are necessary.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission enacted a new safety improvement act in 2008. The new standards will be phased in over the next few years and should help make children's products safer, Cowles said. To top of page


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Rachel August 27, 2009, 12:15 PM

While this is a good idea, other stores actually give you a store credit or refund on recalled items. I just returned te recently recalled Simplicity Bassinet to Target and received a store credit for the full amount.

In this economy it’s more encouraging to return a recalled product, if moms don’t have to foot the bill again for a new one.

Maria August 27, 2009, 1:02 PM

Well said Rachel, whats the put of a 20% discount when you can get your money back? Im very disappointed in Toys R Us and Babies R Us…now is not the time to be taking more money from the American Public especially those with babies and children. I love the positive spin they put on it, “recieved 20%off your next purchase for returning your recalled items” HA I should get my money back for the item and THEN SOME!! Because if something would happen to my child I would sue the company for selling me recalled items.

Andy Garcia August 27, 2009, 6:51 PM

I think this is a great marketing program from Toys”R”Us & Babies”R”Us, shows that this company has completely made a 360 degree turn around from a couple of years ago. This deal also gives mom a reason to tidy up some of her clutter at home and trade in an older car seat that she made have used from her first child.

Jenna August 28, 2009, 1:16 PM

I don’t think Toy-R-Us is referring to just recalled items. It is referring to ANY used baby gear as far as I can see. Yes, if you take a recalled item it you DO get full credit, but this is going beyond that. Do you have an expired car seat? (dates are on the bottom) You can take it in and get a 20% discount toward a brand new car seat. Yes please! I’ll take that. Well…if there were a Toys-R-Us store near me, haha.

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