10 Best Nontoxic Car Seats of 2022 [Infant & Convertible]

As a safety-conscious parent, you pay attention to the materials used in your child’s car seats.  In the last few years, some concern has been raised about the safety and necessity of fire-retardant chemical treatments on car-seat fabrics. Due to these concerns, manufacturers and consumers have become more aware of the need for specifically non-toxic car seat fabrics.  

Because car seats are installed in cars, they must meet the same standards for flammability as regular car upholstery put in place by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This means that fabrics must be naturally fire resistant or treated with a fire retardant.

The concern for children arises during summer when the temperature in the car is quite high which may release fumes from fire retardant materials into the air. Children strapped into a car seat will be breathing these fumes.

Furthermore, babies tend to touch things and put them in their mouths. This leads to the possibility that a child may ingest some of the flame retardant material.

So what is a safety-conscious parent to do? We have conducted in-depth research and testing to find the car seats with the smallest amount of flame retardant material. 

The UPPAbaby Mesa Infant Carrier comes in two models that are completely non-toxic. The Henry and Jordan models have seat covers made from a wool blend fabric that is naturally fire-resistant, and therefore doesn’t have any additional fire-retardant chemicals. This infant seat is designed for children from 4 to 35 pounds. 

In addition to the safest fabric, this seat features the SmartSecure system which helps parents ensure that the seat is installed easily and correctly. Even the shade canopy has UPF 25+ to protect your baby from the sun.

After exploring the fabrics on available car seats, we have determined which are the best options for non-toxic fabrics. Continue reading for specific details about non-toxic car seats.

We also included our Top 3 Picks

1.Uppababy Mesa Infant Carrier – Completely Non-Toxic & Perfect for Preemies

2.Clek Fllo Convertible Car Seat – Super Compact & Narrow (Fits Three Across)

3.Clek Oobr Booster – Highback and Backless with Unique Recline Features

10 Best Non Toxic Car Seats


NameWeight LimitHeight LimitMode
UPPAbaby Mesa Car Seat4-35 lbs.32"Rear-Facing
Britax Endeavors SafeWash Car Seat4-35 lbs.32"Rear-Facing
Nuna Pipa Car Seat4-32 lbs.32"Rear-Facing
Nuna Pipa Lite LX Car Seat4-32 lbs.32"Rear-Facing
Clek Fllo Convertible Car Seat14-65 lbs.49"Both Rear-Facing/Forward-Facing
Clek Foonf Rigid Latch Convertible Seat14-65 lbs.49"Both Rear-Facing/Forward-Facing
Nuna Rava Convertible Seat5-65 lbs.49"Both Rear-Facing/Forward-Facing
Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-In-1 Car Seat5-65 lbs.49"Both Rear-Facing/Forward-Facing
Britax Advocate Convertible Car Seat5-65 lbs.49"Both Rear-Facing/Forward-Facing
Cosco Scenera Next Convertible Seat5-40 lbs.43"Both Rear-Facing/Forward-Facing

1.UPPAbaby Mesa Infant Carrier – Completely Non-Toxic

This infant carrier was the first to be introduced with completely natural, flame retardant fabric. It also comes equipped with a SMARTsecure installation system to make installing the seat easier and safe too.

The SMARTsecure system has auto-retracting connectors and a red-to-green visual indicator to ensure the seat is installed to fit your child’s size. You can use this seat with your child up until they reach 35 pounds or 32 inches tall.

Perfect for Preemies

This is a great seat for preemie babies because it has a low harness position and the infant insert has a built-in wedge to create a flatter and safer position for your baby. The seat’s integrated headrest offers advanced side-impact protection to keep baby safe.

The side-impact protection is also incorporated in the seat’s shell and it has EPP foam wings to help evenly distribute impact in case of an accident.

Important Note

Henry and Jordan are the only models that are made of wool blend fabric that passes the flammability testing. Therefore, those are the only two models that are completely non-toxic!

On the contrary, Uppababy Mesa – Jake is made of polyester blend and has a minimal amount of flame retardants with no other chemicals added. It is also roughly $50 cheaper than Henry and Jordan.


  • Great for Preemies
  • Advanced Side-Impact Protection
  • Easy to Install
  • Completely Non Toxic


  • Seat Isn’t Very Breathable
  • A Bit Heavy – 20lbs
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2.Britax Endeavors SafeWash Infant Carrier – Anti-Rebound Bar

This car seat features plenty of safety features for parents who want a physically safe seat for their child. It also has SafeWash equipped fabric that doesn’t contain any chemical flame retardants.

It weighs 11.5 pounds. The seat cover can be removed and washed on the gentle cycle in your washing machine. It can also be run through the dryer too and is guaranteed to last at least 30 washes before fading.

Build for Safety

Britax Infant Carrier can be easily installed with or without the included base and comes with an anti-rebound bar to increase safety. It has two layers of side-impact protection, an impact-absorbing base, and an integrated steel frame as well.

Britax Endeavors SafeWash Infant Carrier has built-in seat belt lock-offs as well as SafeCenter LATCH, auto-level indicators, and a European-style belt guide. This car seat can also be clicked right into any Britax stroller for convenience.


  • Anti-Rebound Bar
  • 30 Wash Guarantee
  • No Chemical Flame Retardants
  • Compatible with all Britax Strollers


  • Fabric is Stiff
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  • Surrounded in safety: 2 layers of side impact protection, quick adjust head protection, anti rebound...
  • Ride share ready: European Belt Guide allows for installation without the base as needed

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3.Nuna Pipa Infant Carrier – Air-Travel Certified

Like the Pipa Lite, Nuna Pipa is also completely non-toxic and free of all chemical flame retardants. It also has an ergonomic carry handle and is very lightweight, although it’s a few pounds heavier than the Pipa Lite.

The canopy is removable so you can shield your baby from harmful light or take it off to let them explore. This seat will accommodate your child from 4-32 pounds and comes with a non-rethreading five-point harness for easy adjusting.

Crumple Zone Stability

It comes with side-impact protection, is air travel certified, and also comes with a crumple zone stability leg. It also comes with TrueLock installation with the included base and unlike the Pipa Lite, this one can be installed via seat belt path.

This infant carrier is also compatible with the UPPABaby Vista, UPPABaby Cruz, or Bugaboo Cameleon strollers as well as some Nuna and Maxi-Cosi ones too. The carrier will need an adapter for these that you will need to buy separately.


  • Multiple Installation Options
  • Completely Non Toxic 
  • Lightweight – 8lbs
  • Air-Travel Certified
  • Removable Canopy


  • Not Budget-Friendly
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  • Surrounded in safety: 2 layers of side impact protection, quick adjust head protection, anti rebound...
  • Ride share ready: European Belt Guide allows for installation without the base as needed

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4. Nuna Pipa Lite LX Infant Carrier – Naturally Flame Retardant

This one made the top of our list for a few reasons. For starters, Nuna car seat brand is one of the few that offer a completely non-toxic car seat. The fabric is naturally flame retardant and the brand doesn’t use any chemical flame retardants on this seat.

Super Lightweight

The fabric is also removable and machine-washable and the seat has an extendable canopy to shield your baby’s eyes from the sun, wind, and rain.  The canopy also offers UPF 50, so you don’t need to worry about sunburns either.

The seat itself is made from aerospace-grade aluminum and is super lightweight which will totally save your arms. The carrying handle is ergonomic and made to fit your arm well.

The seat also exceeds all American safety standards.

It uses Aeroflex shock-absorbing foam along with fused plastic to optimize safety. The micro-knit fabric is made to be super durable without being bulky as well.

The headrest is equipped with patented Tailer Tech memory foam for added comfort and can adjust with your baby as well. You can use this non-toxic car seat with your baby from infancy until they reach 32 pounds.

We would like to note, though, that this seat must be installed and used with the base it comes with. It isn’t designed for regular belt path installation.


  • Comfortable Memory Foam Headrest
  • Completely Non Toxic
  • Super Lightweight
  • It Weighs 5.7lbs
  • Optimal Sun Protection


  • Must Be Installed with the Included Base
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  • Surrounded in safety: 2 layers of side impact protection, quick adjust head protection, anti rebound...
  • Ride share ready: European Belt Guide allows for installation without the base as needed

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5. Clek Fllo Convertible Car Seat – Super Compact & Narrow

Not only is this seat free of chemical flame retardants, but it’s super compact and encourages extended rear-facing as well.

The seat itself will accommodate your rear-facing child from 14-50 pounds and can be used during infancy with an infant insert sold separately.

Super Compact

The forward-facing mode can be used up until 65 pounds. The seat itself weighs 25 pounds. The seat is designed to fit three across in the back seat which is really convenient for families of multiples.

It comes with advanced side-impact protection and an anti-rebound bar for added safety measures. Its fabric is stain-resistant and protects against moisture and odor-causing bacteria.


  • Comfortable Padding
  • Super Compact
  • Encourages Extended Rear-Facing
  • Comes with an Anti-Rebound Bar


  • Doesn’t Come with Extra Convenience Features

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6. Clek Foonf Rigid Latch Convertible Seat – Energy-Absorbing Crumple Technology

For parents looking for safety innovation, this is a good seat to consider. It’s made with Clek’s patented Rigid-LATCH Energy-Absorbing Crumple Technology (REACT) which gives the same safety forward-facing as rear-facing does for children.

You can use this seat with your child from 14-50 pounds rear-facing and up to 65 pounds forward-facing. You can also use this one from birth, but you’ll need to purchase the infant insert separately.

Patented Safety Technology

It also comes with a steel anti-rebound bar, a metal substructure, multiple layers of energy-absorbing foam, and a structured adjustable headrest for side-impact protection. The seat comes with easy-to-install equipment and has a smooth recline system for the most comfortable ride.


  • Energy-Absorbing Technology
  • Smooth Recline Feature
  • Steel Anti-Rebound Bar
  • Encourages Extended Rear-Facing


  • Heavier Than Most Seats
  • Weighs 38lbs
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7. Nuna Rava Convertible Seat – Designed for Extended Rear-Facing

This one made our top pick as non-toxic convertible seats because it provides a safe seat both chemically and physically while also giving the most comfort to your child. The seat is also really nice because it encourages extended rear-facing. It’s designed for extra legroom during rear-facing which is really nice.

You can rear-face your child in this seat up to 50 pounds and then forward-face up to 65. It comes equipped with energy-absorbing foam and side-impact protection pods for safety. The seat’s all-steel frame and reinforced belt path also offer added protection. The harness can be adjusted with one hand and comes equipped with 10 different recline positions for your child.

Super Easy to Install and Air-Travel Approved

The fabric is breathable and has its own ventilation system. Its cup holders are designed to flip open and closed so you can save space when you’re not using them.


  • Removable Inserts
  • Machine-Washable
  • 10 Different Recline Positions
  • Breathable Fabric


  • The Seat Sits Too Upright in Some Vehicles
  • A Bit Heavy – 27lbs
Clek Foonf Convertible Car Seat
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8.Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-In-1 Seat – Budget-Friendly

While this seat has been found to contain some phosphorous-based flame retardants, it wasn’t enough to be concerned about. This is really helpful because not everyone can afford to spend upwards of $400 on a car seat.

This seat is also nice because it’s an all-in-one seat, so you don’t need to spend money on multiple car seats.

It can be

  • Rear-faced from 5-40 pounds
  • Forward-faced from 22-65 pounds
  • Used as a belt-positioning booster from 40-100 pounds

It uses a three-position recline to help ensure a proper fit in your car and the Quickfit harness makes adjusting the seat super easy. The fabric is machine-washable and dryer safe and the seat also comes with two cup holders.


  • Super Comfortable
  • Machine-Washable Fabric
  • Has Two Cupholders
  • Budget-Friendly
  • Lightweight
  • Weighs 18.66lbs


  • Some Have Difficulty Installing the Seat
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9.Britax Advocate ClickTight Convertible – Easy to Install

This is another seat that had some traces of flame retardant on the fabric. However, again, it wasn’t enough to cause too much concern. Despite this setback, we chose to include this seat because it places such importance on physical safety.

This seat uses ClickTight technology, which makes installation super fast and easy with safety guaranteed. The seat also comes equipped with three layers of side-impact protection, an impact-absorbing base, and a steel frame to keep your child safe too.

It also comes with auto level indicators and multiple recline positions to ensure it properly fits in your vehicle. The harness has 14 different adjustable positions without requiring any rethreading.


  • 3 Layers of Side-Impact Protection
  • Easy to Install
  • 14 Different Adjustable Harness Positions
  • Removable Fabric for Easy Washing


  • Trace Amounts of Chemical Flame Retardants Found
  • A Bit Heavy – 30.6lbs
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10.Clek Oobr Booster Seat – Unique Recline Feature

This seat made our list because it’s completely non-toxic and can be used as a high-back and backless booster seat. It has a completely metal substructure and uses the rigid-latch system to install.

To add to its safety amenities, it also comes equipped with a headrest with deep side wings, multiple layers of energy-absorbing foam, and a recline feature. The seat can be used in high-back mode from 33-100 pounds and backless mode from 40-100 pounds.


  • Can be Used as High-Back or Backless
  • Built for Safety
  • Has Multiple Layers of Energy-Absorbing Foam
  • Reclines, Unlike Most Other Booster Seats
  • Super Durable
  • Lightweight – 20lbs


  • Doesn’t Fit in Some Vehicles
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The “Other” Safety Concern

Your baby’s physical safety isn’t the only thing you should be concerned about. Have you ever taken a minute to think about what types of materials your child’s car seat is actually made out of?

We don’t want to scare you, but we also want you to ensure your child has the safest possible seat.

Unfortunately, many car seat manufacturers use toxic flame retardant chemicals as a way to save money while still complying to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 302 (source).

This states all flammability standards for car interiors that children’s car seats are required to meet in order to be released on the market. We totally get wanting to save money but in this case, the flame retardants used have been known to cause several issues including hormone disruption, thyroid problems, and liver damage among other things.

Unfortunately, babies and small children are more susceptible to these because of their natural instinct to explore with their mouths. Seat pads end up in the mouth and during hot days, the car seat chemicals can mix with the dust in your car and your child can inhale them that way too. A study was done on 18 different car seats and 15 of the seats tested had hazardous chemical additives (source).

If you like to read more about safety concerns of regular car seats please scroll to the bottom. 

Now that you’re more aware of what goes into creating a safe car seat, it’s time to choose one that will keep your baby safe both physically and chemically. We’ve scoured the internet to find you the best of the best, regardless of your budget. We will start with the infant car seats and then move to the convertible car seats.

Car Seat Brands And Non-Toxicity

It’s about time we pay more attention to what we expose our kids too and luckily, car seat brands and manufacturers are starting to agree. In 2017, UPPAbaby came up with the first-ever flame retardant-free car seat (source). The UPPAbaby Mesa infant carrier uses a wool-blend rather than flame retardant chemicals.

Two other brands, Clek and Nuna, also place major importance on non-toxic seats. Other, more popular brands, have also started acknowledging the issue more. Britax has come out with a SafeWash option of their Endeavors infant carrier. We’ll go more into these brands and their car seats later.

Buyer’s Guide

Finding a nontoxic car seat isn’t easy, especially if the manufacturer doesn’t explicitly state it. Here are some good things to keep an eye out for when shopping for a non-toxic car seat for your child.

Materials Used

First and foremost, if you want to purchase a non-toxic car seat then you need to be aware of the materials used in the seat. When your shopping, try to look for information on what the seat cover and inner shell are made out of.

To ensure the seat is fully non-toxic, stay away from any seat that uses phosphorous-based flame retardants. These are the most common chemicals used on seat covers and will cause harm if ingested or absorbed into the skin. Seats with a wool blend are much less likely to contain chemicals than those made of other materials.

Cleaning Instructions

You’re also going to want to pay close attention to the cleaning instructions.  Some non-toxic seats will come with a certain fabric that needs to be washed in a specific way to preserve quality.

However, convenience shouldn’t be compromised just because you want a safer seat. We suggest choosing a seat that has a machine-washable fabric. Added bonus if it’s dryer-safe as well.


We like lightweight seats, but heavier seats also have their perks. Typically, the heavier the seat the more durable it is. Durability is extremely important in providing safety in case of a car crash. So, don’t knock a heavier weighted seat just because it might be inconvenient to initially install.


And last, but not least, we’ve come to cost. When shopping, keep in mind the amount of money you actually want to or can spend. Unfortunately, most certified non-toxic seats are going to come with a higher price tag. However, there are other seats on the market that will suffice if budget is an issue.

Non Toxic Car Seat Accessories

As important as non-toxic car seats are, so are the accessories that we so often buy along with them. Here are some non-toxic car seat accessories that are worth checking out.

Organic Cotton Car Seat Cover

This car seat cover is completely organic and is also extremely versatile. It slips right over your child’s infant carrier to shield them from the sun or inclement weather.

It can also be used as a shopping cart or nursing cover too. This particular one comes in a floral print, but you can find plenty of gender-neutral or boy-ish prints that are organic as well.

Clek Mat-Thingy

This mat is a good one to pair with a Clek car seat of your choosing. It’s made of 100 percent rubber and is meant to protect your vehicle’s backseat. It will also prevent the car seat from slipping around. This mat is also LATCH-friendly so you don’t need to worry about it getting in the way of the anchors.

Clek Infant-Thingy Infant Insert

If you want to use the Clek convertible seat we talked about above for your newborn, you’ll need to purchase this insert. Without the insert, you can’t use the car seat until your child reaches 14 pounds.

With the insert, you can use the seat with your child as small as 5 pounds. The insert is removable but should only be washed by hand.

Clek Foonf Drink Thingy

The Clek Foonf doesn’t come with any built-in cup holders. If you decide on that seat and you want convenience for your child, you’re going to want this cupholder too. The drink thingy is made of plastic and is dishwasher safe. It also comes with a one-year warranty.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell if a car seat uses chemical flame retardants?

It’s always best to do your research. Look for the type of materials that are listed as being used to make the car seat’s cover. If you still aren’t sure, you can always reach out to the manufacturer and ask. They aren’t allowed to lie to you.

Why should I be worried about chemical flame retardants?

Chemical flame retardants have been known to cause several health issues.If ingested or absorbed into the skin, they can cause thyroid problems, developmental delays, and cancer in some cases.

I can’t afford to spend $400 on a car seat, aren’t there non-toxic options that are more budget-friendly?

Unfortunately, the three brands that market themselves as “non-toxic” are more pricey than other car seat brands. However, there are car seats on the market that use little added substances to their seats so they’re less likely to affect your child.

What kind of fabrics are naturally flame retardant?

A good indicator that a car seat is non-toxic is if it’s made with wool or a wool blend. Wool is naturally flame retardant so it eliminates the need for added chemicals.

Which car seat brands are considered “non-toxic?”

The three brands that are most known for their non-toxic car seats are Nuna, Clek, and UPPABaby. Britax has also taken steps toward becoming a more non-toxic brand as well.

Riding Safe and Toxin-Free!

Nobody wants to hear that something supposed to keep their baby safe can actually hurt them. That’s why we wanted to highlight the best non-toxic car seats available to you. With toxin-reducing and organic products gaining popularity lately, car seats are no exception.

If you want a truly non-toxic car seat, stick to the Nuna, Clek, or UPPABaby seats we mentioned above. However, if those just aren’t right for your budget, we highly recommend the Safety 1st Grow and Go seat.

While it did show traces of some flame retardants, it was a small amount and the seat offers optimal safety for a much lower cost.

What are your thoughts on eco-friendly car seats? Will you splurge on a non-toxic brand or are you going to go with one of our other options? Let’s hear it in the comments!

Welcome to my car seat blog! As a mom of 3, I put together with other hard-working moms a highly informative one-stop car seat resource, full with many reviews and buyer guides. I hope you find it invaluable. Thank you for trusting me & my team! - Keren

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