Buckle Up: Target’s Car Seat Trade-in Program Is Back in Time for Spring Cleaning


Spring has sprung and so has Target’s popular car seat trade-in program! The beloved event offers amazing discounts on new car and booster seat models for parents who trade in their old ones. It’s a great way to kick off spring cleaning and just in time for Earth Month -- and a good excuse to head to Target. As if we needed one.

  • The trade-in event officially kicks off on April 22 and runs through May 4.

    Most parents don't realize that used car seats shouldn't be given away because they expire every six years, according to Target. They also need to be replaced if there's any minor damage, and they typically can't be recycled curbside. That's why Target has been offering this popular exchange program since 2016 that allows parents to save on new car seats while getting rid of their old ones as their kiddos grow.

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  • So bring in those old, expired car seats and get a 20% off coupon in return. (And buy something nice for yourself at the same time. You deserve it.)

    The car seats must be physically brought to a Target to trade in, but the coupon can be applied to any eligible purchase in store or online through May 11. Or you can just drop off your car seat at a drop-off box. (Find one near you here.)

  • That 20% off coupon can be used toward lots of baby essentials ranging from a new car seat or stroller to select baby home gear.

    The coupon is good for a new car seat base, car seat, travel system, stroller, or select baby gear to use at home, such as play yards, high chairs, swings, rockers, and bouncers. Parents will get one coupon per donated car seat, and the coupon is valid through May 1. Out with the old, in with the 20% discounted new! It’s a win-win.

  • It's no surprise that this program is insanely popular.

    Since the first event in 2016, Target has recycled half a million car seats and is looking at even bigger numbers for this spring’s event. And in case you’re wondering where those old seats go, materials from the old car seats will be recycled by Target's partner, Waste Management. Hurry in starting April 22 and save yourself some money -- and Mother Earth -- at the same time.

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