Toys 'R' Us launches Cash for Clunkers, for babies.




Article Courtesy of USA Today

Add cash for cribs to the stack of programs modeled after the government’s car swap program.

Toys “R” Us is offering customers the chance to trade used cribs, car seats and other children’s items in exchange for a store discount.

The three-week program begins Friday and ends Sept. 20. Customers will receive a 20% discount on selected items, and there is no limit to the number of products to be turned in.

“The Great Trade-In” event was spurred by a lukewarm response to numerous high-profile recalls on baby products, the Los Angeles Times reports. Even though bargains abound for secondhand cribs, strollers and high chairs, the toy giant cautioned that evolving safety standards, missed safety recalls and the inability to know a product’s true history can be a serious hazard for children.

“When a grandmother pulls an old crib out of the garage, when a mom puts her child’s car seat for sale online ... these transactions can potentially pass on a dangerous product,” the director of public affairs for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The toy giant is limiting the program to its U.S. stores but may offer Canadian customers the same deal depending its success, according to Canwest News Service.