Baby Safety: Toys "R" Us Pays You for Unsafe Gear

Cynthia Dermody

toys r us great trade in logoWith all the recalls on strollers and cribs lately, it might be a good weekend to lug some of those old baby items you're "just not sure about" to your local Toys "R" Us or Babies "R" Us for their second "Great Trade-In."

I have an old convertible car seat that I occasionally use for my daughter when I send her on preschool field trips, but it's pretty worn and I'm always nervous using it.

If I bring my seat to the store, they'll give me 25 percent off the purchase off any new baby item from select manufacturers. Plus they'll put the seat out of circulation, so a potentially unsafe seat won't end up in the hands of another mom.

No worries if you can't get there this weekend. The event goes till Saturday, February 20.

Although car seats were the most commonly traded in item at the last trade-in in September, you can bring anything you feel is unsafe: cribs, high chairs, bouncers, carriers, strollers.

Following are additional examples of the potential dangers of old and second-hand cribs, car seats and other baby products:

You can bring as many items as you want. For information, visit In addition, the CPSC advises parents to check its website,, to make sure a product has not been recalled before using or purchasing it second-hand.

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