Toys R Us Stores In Certain Parts of Canada And US Issuing Refunds For Plastic Baby Bottles Containing BPA
While I am still in the process of collecting data for my follow up post on this BPA health crisis, I thought I should get this post out since its time sensitive.
In case you are not aware, there are several Toys R Us locations in the US and Canada that are offering gift cards in exchange for plastic baby bottles containing BPA and their bottle warmers as well. In fact, some stores are even setting up return lanes solely to collect these bottles and warmers.
The gift cards are for the full value of the bottles, regardless of whether or not they are used or new or whether they have been purchased at Toys R Us or somewhere else, and can be used to purchase anything from the store. This recall program has been initiated by the companies that produce these bottles i.e. Avent, Playtex.
So if you happen to have some old, used baby bottles lying around the house you could just bring them in to your local Toys R Us and get a gift card for the value of the bottle. The crazy thing about this is that people are bringing in baby bottles from just about anywhere and getting a refund.
I actually think that this recall is getting out of hand as there is no concrete evidence that the level of BPA in plastic baby bottles is actually harmful to humans. As my wife put it, they are the ones that issued the recall so why not take advantage of it. Since I am finding this recall to be a bit absurd I would have to agree with my wife.
Before you run to your local Toys R Us store with your bag of bottles find out first if they are even issuing a refund and which bottles are being recalled.
I have been hearing conflicting reports as to how long the stores will be issuing a refund. My wife told me that she heard until May 12 while other people have said that it will end sooner.
[Update May 5, 2008: I have heard that there are some Toys R Us locations that are no longer taking back these bottles if they were purchased somewhere else. According to the safety page on Toysrus.com the company has a “no quibble” policy when it comes to recalls even for products purchased elsewhere.
What if I don’t have a receipt or proof that I purchased the recalled product at a Toys”R”Us or Babies”R”Us store?
We have a “no quibble” policy when it comes to toy recalls. This means Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us will take back recalled product whether it was purchased at a Toys”R”Us or Babies”R”Us store or another retailer. No receipt or proof of purchase is necessary to return a recalled product to one of our stores. If you do not have a receipt, you will receive a store credit for the lowest sale price of the product within the last 30 days.
So if there is a product recall in your city and your local Toys R Us store tells you they are no longer accepting these bottles make sure to remind them about their “no quibble” policy.]
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