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Toys 'R' Us will take back used baby items in exchange for new-product discounts

Asia Turner, from right, of Baltimore, and friend "Scooby" are the first to get a 5 a.m. tablet computer door buster deal at the Toys R Us store in Glen Burnie on Black Friday.
Asia Turner, from right, of Baltimore, and friend "Scooby" are the first to get a 5 a.m. tablet computer door buster deal at the Toys R Us store in Glen Burnie on Black Friday. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Toys "R" Us stores will be taking back used baby products — cribs, high chairs, car seats, strollers and more — starting this weekend in exchange for discounts on new items, an annual event that has helped remove more than a million potentially unsafe items from the marketplace.

The chain's "Great Trade-In" event starts Friday and continues through Feb. 21 at Babies "R" Us and Toys "R" Us stores.

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The retailer is hoping to raise awareness about ever-changing safety standards for baby products.

The stores will take any used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, high chairs, infant swings, bouncers, travel systems, walkers, entertainers and play yards, in exchange for a 25 percent discount on the purchase of a new baby item in any of those categories.

Customers can exchange any number of used items from any manufacturer.

"The Great Trade-In was conceived to bring attention to the dangers associated with potentially unsafe used items in circulation," said Hank Mullany, Toys "R" Us president.

lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com

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