Target Is Bringing Back Its Popular Car Seat Trade-In Program

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ByNehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
September 14, 2021
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It’s back! In honor of Baby Safety Month, Target’s popular semi-annual car seat trade-in program is back.

From Sunday, September 12 through Saturday, September 25, the retail giant is accepting old car seats, including infant seats, convertible seats, car seat bases, harness or booster car seats and car seats that are expired or damaged. Materials from the old car seats will be recycled by Target’s partner, Waste Management.

In order to trade in their car seat, guests must be enrolled in Target Circle. Then, all they have to do is head to your local Target store, drop it off at one of the boxes located near Guest Services and scan into their Circle using their cellphone.

Anyone who trades in their old car seat will be given a 20 percent off coupon to use towards a new car seat, car seat base, travel system, stroller or select baby home gear, including playards, high chairs, swings, rockers and bouncers. These coupons can be applied to both in-store and online purchases through October 2, 2021. Trading in two car seats? You can redeem the offer twice.

Target first rolled out the program in April 2016—and has recycled nearly 1.4 million car seats and over 22.2 million pounds of plastic since.

To learn more about this year’s program and how to participate, visit

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