A Parent's Guide to Walmart's Car Seat Trade-In Program

Updated: January 14, 2021
Walmart is now offering car seat trade-in events. We've got the details on what you can trade in, coupons you will receive, and how it stacks up to Target's program.
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Walmart is getting ready for its next car seat trade-in event. We've got the details on what you can trade in, coupons you will receive, and more.

Did you know that car seats expire? If you have an expired car seat or even just an old car seat your child has outgrown, hang on to it so you can bring it to Walmart in time for their next car seat trade in! At the 2019 car seat trade in event, parents were eligible for a $30 Walmart gift card with every car seat trade-in, and it looks like they'll be similar benefits next time around.

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Walmart Car Seat Trade In Details

Walmart’s first ever car seat trade-in program happened September 16th - 30th, 2019, and they are gearing up for another, due to the overwhelming response at their last car seat recycling program, where they reached capacity in less than a week! Walmart collected nearly one million car seats, which is the equivalent of diverting over 200 million plastic bottles from landfills, according to their partner, TerraCycle.

Walmart teamed up with TerraCycle to recycle used car seats. The extra $30 Walmart gift card is definitely a bonus, but you can also feel good knowing that your car seat is avoiding landfills.

Here’s How It Works

  1. Find a participating Walmart Store - a super fast search will show you all local stores accepting car seat trade ins.
  2. Bring your seat to the Customer Service Desk to be recycled
  3. Receive a $30 Walmart Gift Card that can be used in store or online.

It’s really that simple! Many Walmart locations will also be hosting free events in honor of National Baby Safety Month, although it's definitely possible that these events will be virtual for the time being, as long as COVID-19 is still in our midst. In the past we saw everything from diaper challenges to stroller testing, and we are excited to see what they offer next. Although we hope the COVID pandemic will finally have passed by the next car seat recycling event, whatever the format, these informative and fun events are a great way for parents to learn more about their child’s safety and test out the latest gear.

For additional details, check out the Walmart event page. If you aren’t sure when your child’s car seat expires, now is a great time to find out!

The Fine Print

  • Limit 2 trade ins per household (limit 2 gift cards)
  • Booster Seats are not accepted

How it Compares to the Target Car Seat Trade-In

Target also offers a car seat trade-in program, with their partner, Waste Management.

Here's a quick comparison of the two retailers’ car seat trade-in events:



  • In partnership with Waste Management
  • In partnership with TerraCycle
  • ​Accepts old car seat from all brands
  • Accepts old car seat from all brands
  • Booster seats accepted
  • Booster seats not accepted
  • Receive a coupon for 20 percent off a new car seat, stroller, or select baby gear
  • $30 Walmart gift card included, limit 2 gift cards per household

Check out all of the details for Target's trade in program here, plus information on car seat expiration and safety.

Looking to save on baby items? Consider buying used, but first check out The Baby Items You Should Never Buy Used (+2 That Are BetterSecondhand).