Toys “R” Us offers trade-in for potentially unsafe baby equipment

Consumer Reports News: September 02, 2011 09:11 AM

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The fifth annual Toys “R” Us “Great Trade-In” event is currently underway, running through Sunday September 18. The event is at Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores nationwide. Customers can bring in used baby equipment from any manufacturer that could potentially be unsafe and receive a 25 percent discount on new merchandise, from select manufacturers, in the following categories:

• cribs, bassinets
• car seats
• strollers
• travel systems
• play yards
• high chairs
• kids’ beds
• swings
• walkers
• bouncers, entertainers

The idea behind the trade-in is to help parents realize that some kinds of baby equipment aren’t safe if they are outdated, either because of changed safety regulations and standards or specific product recalls.

“The ‘Great Trade-In’ was designed to help get used and potentially unsafe products out of the marketplace by encouraging parents to trade-in their old items in exchange for savings on a new item that meets today’s more stringent product safety standards, such as the new requirements for cribs that took effect earlier this year,” said Jerry Storch, chairman and CEO of Toys “R” Us, Inc, in an e-mail message.

For information about potentially dangerous products for babies and kids go to Crib safety regulations get stricter, Consumer Reports supports new crib regulations, and 5 products to avoid buying used. Also, see our buying advice and Ratings (available to subscribers) for a wide range of products for babies and kids, including cribs, bassinets, car seats, strollers, play yards, high chairs, swings, and bouncers.

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