As every parent or caregiver knows, nothing’s more important than car seat safety. When used properly, car seats can decrease the risks of injury or death for child passengers by 50 to 70 percent.
But sometimes it’s not easy to know what to do with old and outgrown car seats. You can’t sell them, and you don’t want them clogging up the landfill. Trading up (or buying extras for additional cars) can also get pricey. Thankfully, two retail giants want to help.
Recycle Your Car Seats
This month, thanks to two recycling events, you can get rid of your outgrown car seats while benefiting the environment! You’ll also get a little something in return:
Between September 16 and 30, visit the Walmart service desk to exchange your used car seats for a $30 Walmart gift card to use online or in stores toward baby items. The offer is valid at nearly 4,000 Walmart locations.
Between September 3 and 13, bring your old car seat to Target Guest Services and you’ll get a 20 percent coupon toward a new car seat, booster seat, car seat base, travel system or stroller. It can also be applied to select baby gear. The coupon is valid through September 14.
Ready to choose a new car seat? Don’t miss our car seat buying guide featuring several of the best car seats for 2019!
September Is for Child Safety
September is Baby Safety Month, sponsored by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). The goal is to educate caregivers about the need to safely use age-appropriate products and about when to transition children to different products—such as car seats.
In addition, Child Passenger Safety Week takes place from September 15 to 21, 2019. This event is dedicated to helping parents ensure their child is in a proper car seat that is installed and used correctly as well as registered with the manufacturer so families receive any safety updates.
Viral Video Reminds Us That “Babies Face Back”
Experts really want families to understand the importance of car seat safety. Norman Regional Health System pediatric hospitalist Dr. Kate Cook busted into a rap in this hilarious viral video: “Oh my gosh, Becky. Look at those kids. They’re not even buckled …” Don’t miss the dancing paramedics/firefighters either!