Trade-in program seen by health minister as opportunity for education
It is being called the Great Trade-In. Beginning Friday, May 28 and running through Friday, June 11, Toys"R"Us will be accepting "any used crib, car seat, stroller or travel system," according to a release from the company. In exchange, owners will receive "20 per cent savings on the purchase of a new crib, stroller, car seat or travel system from select manufacturers."
The trade-in program is meant to encourage the removal of unsafe baby products from Canadian homes, Toys"R"Us has stated in its release. That includes older products that may not meet current safety standards and recalled products that may not yet have been identified by their owners.
"As a company, Toys"R"Us is committed to the safety of the children and families it serves," stated Toys"R"Us Canada president Kevin Macnab. "Through the Great Trade-In, we hope to raise awareness of the importance of product safety and encourage parents to return old merchandise as a way to significantly reduce the number of potentially harmful products in circulation."
Toys"R"Us operates 69 stores across Canada, including one in St. John's. Their goal of their trade-in has already been applauded by several organizations.
"It can often be difficult for consumers to determine whether used baby products are safe and with so many ways to purchase second-hand products, it is important for parents to be informed and vigilant when making purchasing decisions," stated executive director of Safe Kids Canada, Pamela Fuselli.
Health Canada regulates child care equipment like cribs, car seats and strollers.
"The health and safety of children is of the utmost priority to the Government of Canada. This initiative is an excellent opportunity to remind parents and families of the risks associated with using second-hand or older consumer products, especially those intended for children," stated federal Minister of Health, Leona Aglukkaq. "We encourage all parents and caregivers to carefully inspect their cribs, strollers, car seats and travel systems and to ensure they meet current safety standards."
Anyone concerned about whether or not they have been affected by a product recalls can consult recall information available at: www.healthcanada.gc.ca/cps-recalls.