Target Car Seat Return Policy (All You Need to Know)

Target offers a range of products for parents to keep their little ones happy and healthy, including a variety of car seats to ensure children are safe and comfortable on the go.

However, if you’re not happy with a car seat that you purchased from Target for your child, you may be wondering about Target’s policy regarding car seat returns. Here is everything I’ve found about this through my research!

Target Car Seat Return Policy

Target accepts returns of unused and unopened car seats within 90 days after purchase. You can return it to any Target store or via mail, providing the original receipt to get a full refund. Target RedCard users or Circle Rewards members have 120 days to return car seats.

If you want to learn more about returning car seats without a receipt, whether Target recycles car seats, and what type of car seats Target sells, keep on reading!

How Long Do I Have To Return My Car Seat To Target?

You can return car seats to Target within the standard 90-day return window, provided you have the original receipt or similar proof of purchase.

If you’re a Target Circle Rewards member or used a Target RedCard to pay for your purchase, you will have 120 days to return your car seat as Target offers exclusive perks to these customers.

Additionally, if the car seat or accessory you have purchased is a Target owned-brand, you will have a full year to return the (unopened and unused) car seat to Target for a full refund or exchange.

In case the returns window is over, you should bring the unused and packaged car seat with the original receipt to a Target store and speak to the store manager who makes the ultimate decision about returns.

How Do I Return Car Seats To Target?

Car seats bought either at or in-store can be returned to any Target store within the returns window and with the receipt by visiting the Guest Services desk.

This is the fastest method of returning to Target, i.e. you will obtain your refund from your car seat in 1-5 days depending on your payment method.

If you don’t live close to a Target store, you can also return your car seat bought online at through the mail to the Target Online Return Center.

Not all items are eligible for this method of return, so make sure your car seat is eligible before you ship it back to Target. You can do this by reading the return and shipping information in the product listing.

Also, note that if you are returning your car seat to Target via mail, you may have to pay the return shipping fees. For additional information, you can contact Target Guest Services at 1-800-440-0680.

Can I Return A Car Seat To Target Without The Receipt?

You can return a car seat to Target without the original receipt as long as you bring the car seat in its original packaging and provide alternative proof of purchase.

A suitable alternative can be the packing slip or information from your account (such as an e-invoice) that will allow Target to verify your purchase before accepting the return.

Other than that, Target can track your purchase if you paid using a Target RedCard (debit, credit, or MasterCard) or any third-party credit or debit card including Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, and Discover.

Note that you must bring the exact same card you used at the time of purchase for your purchase to be verified, along with a valid government-issued photo ID for Target to confirm your personal information.

However, if you cannot prove your purchase, Target may not offer a full monetary refund. Instead, you will be given a merchandise return card for your car seat which can only be used in Target stores.

The merchandise return card will have the value of the lowest retail price of the car seat within the last 90 days at Target.

So if you paid $150 for a car seat but it has been on sale at $100 within the last 90 days, you may only receive $100 back to your merchandise gift card.

Can I Return A Used Car Seat To Target?

Can I Return A Used Car Seat To Target?

As online shoppers have confirmed from Target store associates, it is possible to return a used and opened car seat to Target as long as it displays no visible signs of use or wear and tear.

However, if you have opened the car seat, it is vital you bring the original receipt and the original packaging with you to Target to make your return.

If you do not have the receipt and the car seat has been opened, Target may decline your return.

Will Target Recycle My Car Seat?

Target regularly offers a car seat trade-in program where customers can receive a 20% off coupon for a new car seat, travel system, stroller, or other home gear by bringing in their old and unwanted car seats.

The 20% off coupon is redeemable twice and can be combined with other offers on baby items both in-store at Target and online at

Additionally, car seats can only be traded at Target stores via drop-off boxes that are located near Guest Services, where you will also receive your 20% off coupon.

Note that only selected Target stores participate in this event, so make sure you confirm with your local store via Target’s store locator before taking your car seat in to be recycled.

What Type of Car Seat Can I Recycle At Target?

Target sells and recycles car seats from several leading brands such as Graco, Britax, Chicco, Safety 1st, Diono, and Evenflo.

You can bring in the following types of car seats and accessories as part of Target’s recycling program:

  • Infant car seats
  • Convertible car seats
  • Car seat bases
  • Car seat harnesses
  • Booster car seats

Other than that, Target also accepts expired or damaged car seats as part of this program.

For more information on returning parental products to Target, you can see our other guides on the Target baby formula return policy, the Target Cat and Jack return policy, and the Target breast pump return policy.


Target offers 90 days for regular customers to bring their car seats back to Target for a full refund or exchange with the receipt, whereas Target Circle Rewards members and RedCard users get 120 days to do so.

You can return a car seat to a nearby Target store or ship it back to the Target Online Returns Center. Target also offers regular car seat trade-ins for recycling, where customers can get 20% off a new car seat or other selected products.

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Marques Thomas

Marques Thomas graduated with a MBA in 2011. Since then, Marques has worked in the retail and consumer service industry as a manager, advisor, and marketer. Marques is also the head writer and founder of

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