2024 Target Car Seat Trade-In Event

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♻️ 2024 Target Car Seat Recycling Trade-In Event FAQ: Everything You Need to Know ♻️
Updated May 2, 2024

The April 2024 Target Trade-In Event is over; however, Target is teasing us with a Fall event! This event will most likely coincide with the September Baby Safety Month, specifically happening during Child Passenger Safety Week which is September 15-21, 2024. As always, we will let you know just as soon as we have those dates firmed up.

Just take me to the DEALS—I’m ready to SHOP! 🤑

Get ready, get set . . . Go! The Target Carseat Trade-in Event is HERE so run with your carseats to Target. Target has taken the “What do I do with this outgrown/crashed carseat?” problem and solved it for us, but we have LESS THAN TWO WEEKS to drop them off and be rewarded with a coupon (ah, bless the Target gods).

Did you know most towns and cities don’t have recycling programs for carseats*? When you’ve been in a crash, many carseat manufacturers want the carseat to be replaced, whether or not it was occupied during the crash. Crash forces can do damage to the plastic we can’t see, and engineers design carseats to absorb forces, just like our vehicles have crumple zones to mitigate or lessen, crash forces.

*Some cities do have recycling drop-off locations, and Clek has a recycling program for their carseats and price is determined by seat.

Before there were trade-in events, most of us had very few choices besides throwing out the carseat when it was expired or if it had been involved in a crash. Babies R Us started the trade-in trend in 2010, partly to get recalled items out of circulation, and Target got in on the fun in 2016. Walmart joined in once to offer discounts to those who wanted to ditch some seats for coupons, but discontinued their trade-in event early when everyone with a carseat took advantage of the great deal they were offering. Unfortunately, Walmart is not running a trade-in event this year to our knowledge.

Next Target Carseat Trade-In Event (April 2024)

From April 14-27, 2024, Target will have a large box at the front of the store where you can place your carseat. The seat can be expired, damaged, or recalled. Or it can be perfectly fine and you just don’t need it anymore. All carseats will be recycled by the Waste Management company. Target claims to have recycled over 2.6 million carseats, which translates to more than 39 million pounds of carseats, in the 8 years they’ve had this program with the Waste Management company. Way to go, everyone!

What they take:
  • Rear-facing only infant seats
  • Infant seat bases
  • Convertible seats
  • All-in-ones
  • Harness-to-boosters (combination) seats
  • Belt-positioning boosters (highback and backless)
What they give you:

The coupon is valid until May 11, 2024 and the code can be used in-app if the brick and mortar store doesn’t have your preferred item.

Target now has you using their Target Circle app so everything is contactless. Download the app before you leave home to save time, if you don’t already have it (and your Target REDcard loaded into it for easy spending!).

What to do and tips for success:
  1. Plan to drop off your carseat and buy your new one early! Supplies may be limited in-store, though you can use the Target app right there to buy online (yes, thanks, Target, for taking more of my money as I’m walking your aisles!).
  2. You don’t have to cut any straps or take off any covers. Conversely, if your seat doesn’t have a cover, that’s OK too!
  3. When you get to the store, place your carseat in the big box at the front of the store*.
  4. Open the Target app and scan the code on the box. If there’s a problem, talk to a team member in Guest Services.
  5. Open your Wallet in the Target app and tap on “Extra offers.” You’ll see your coupon there plus any others.
  6. Tap the red + next to the offer. You can either place an online order or scan the barcode at the register (don’t forget to do this!).

*You may want to call your Target first to see if they’re participating before you drive there. In the past, some didn’t participate at all.

Will they actually give you 1 coupon per carseat turned in if you have a bunch of carseats? Yes. You can only receive one coupon per Target Circle account, though some cashiers may give you credit for an extra turned in carseat. You can, however, use 1 coupon for 2 carseats 🙌. Because it’s in your app, you can’t share the coupon with anyone.

Can I combine/stack coupons?

You can only use one (1) 20% off coupon per carseat or baby gear purchase, but you can stack the coupon with other discounts like Target Circle and the 5% discount you get when you use your Target REDcard. This year, Target stopped allowing stacking of registry coupons on top of all the other discounts.

Once you have your coupon, use it fast. For the last several trade-in events, carseat stock has been low and sold out fast so it pays to do your research now and be ready to use that 20% off since Target won’t issue rainchecks. Amazon generally does lower its prices at this time, but there are Target-exclusive fashions, especially with Graco products. If you prefer to use your computer to shop instead of the app, fill your online cart, then give customer service a call and they’ll help you apply your 20% off coupon before you click the “I’m ready to check out” button.

Are there restrictions?

There may be some restrictions, usually brand-based. You can find out about the current restrictions here. The hot new stroller wagons are not included in those restrictions, so check out the links below for the deals.

The biggest question we get asked? Will Walmart do a trade-in event?

No. That was a one-and-done fiasco of an event back in September 2019. *We* loved it; *Walmart* got screwed 😆 so they aren’t participating again. Maybe we can dream about them coming back in the future . . .

But . . . Albee Baby is doing a trade-in event this year. From April 15-30, 2024, when you show proof of a recycled or discarded carseat, Albee will send you a 20% Off coupon to use on a FULL PRICE carseat, stroller, or other select baby gear item (no gift certificates and some manufacturers, like Nuna, are excluded). Their coupon must be used by July 1, 2024. The downside is that Albee doesn’t do free returns, so make sure whatever carseat you buy will fit in your vehicle.

Check out our Recommended Carseats List and our Reviews. Also, don’t forget to check out our Deals page: we may have a better deal listed than you’d find, even with a coupon. Don’t be afraid to ask us questions in the comments or on our Facebook page! Please share if you find this helpful and don’t forget to also follow us on Instagram!

Target Car Seat Deals

(Since the main trade-in deals are over, we’ll leave these here so you can see examples of what was on sale and what kinds of deals were available.)

We’ll post Car Seat Deals HERE when they happen! Please note these are affiliate links*. Other retailers usually jump on board with sales too, so it really does pay to shop around if you don’t have coupons to stack.

Target just released some of the carseat sales and the DEALS are happening. You need to 🏃‍♀️ jump 🏃🏽‍♂️ on these deals if you want them because Target is well-known for not restocking during the trade-in week.

Remember to scroll ➡️ to see the Red Card savings!

*Online purchase only

Carseat Reg Price Sale Price With 20% Off Trade-In With 5% Red Card Savings
Britax One4Life all-in-one* $349.99 $279.99 $223.99 $212.79 
Chicco Fit360 Revolving* $399 $319.99 $255.99 $243.19
Chicco MyFit ClearTex* $229.99 $183.99 $147.19 $139.83
Chicco OneFit ClearTex* $299.99 $227.99 $182.39 $173.27
Evenflo Shyft DualRide* $549.99 $355.29 $284.23 $270.02
Evenflo Revolve360 Extend* $399.99 $271.99 $217.59 $206.71
Graco 4Ever DLX 4-in-1 $299.99 $247.49 $197.99 $188.09
Graco 4Ever DLX Grad 5-in-1* $399.99 $359.99 $287.99 $273.59
Graco Extend2Fit 3-in-1* $249.99 $187.49 $149.99 $142.49
Graco SlimFit 3-in-1* (not 3-across friendly) $199.99 $164.99 $131.99 $125.39
Graco SlimFit3 LX* (3-across friendly) $279.99 $251.99 $201.59 $191.51
Graco SnugRide SnugFit 35 with Anti-Rebound Bar* $169.99 $152.99 $122.39 $116.27
Graco SnugRide SnugFit 35 DLX with Anti-Rebound Bar* $229.99 $206.99 $165.59 $157.31
Graco Tranzitions* (FF-only) $119.99 $104.99 $83.99 $79.79
Graco TriRide 3-in-1* $169.99 $142.49 $113.99 $108.29
Graco TurboBooster 2.0* $59.99 $53.99 $43.19 $41.03
Maxi-Cosi Pria* $269.99 $215.99 $172.79 $164.15
Safety 1st Grow and Go all-in-one* $159.99 $142.49 $113.99 $98.79

*Online purchase only

Stroller Reg Price Sale Price With 20% Off Trade-In With 5% Red Card Savings
Stroller Wagons
Baby Trend Navigator Stroller Wagon* $199.99 $159.99 $127.99 $121.59
Chicco Bravo Travel System* $399.99 $319.99 $255.99 $243.19

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