2024 List of Car Seats Without Flame-Retardant Chemicals

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Complete List of Chemical FR-Free Carseats 🌱

During the last few years, we have witnessed an exciting evolution in car seat textiles and production. More and more manufacturers are investing in innovative fabrics and manufacturing processes that can pass NHTSA’s antiquated “flammability standard” without using flame-retardant chemicals.

To clarify, having a car seat that doesn’t ignite easily is absolutely important but the flammability standard is more than 50 yrs old and doesn’t address how a car seat would actually burn if any part of the vehicle interior was on fire.

UPPAbaby was the first car seat manufacturer to introduce a truly FR-free car seat cover in 2017 when they launched a Merino wool fashion on the MESA infant car seat. Wool, as you probably already know, is naturally flame-retardant so it can meet the standard without adding chemicals. Soon after the UPPAbaby debut, several other car seat manufacturers launched their own FR-free car seats and the list has grown every year.

Unfortunately, it’s still common practice to add flame-retardant chemicals to car seats in order to meet the flammability standard in FMVSS 302. While the standard does not specifically require the use of FR chemicals, they have been a cost-effective way for manufacturers to comply during the last 50 years.

Currently, there are 9 car seat manufacturers offering seats with covers that they claim to be free of chemical flame-retardants. At the moment, Nuna is the only manufacturer that has committed to making every car seat model in their lineup free of chemical flame-retardants. However, Chicco, UPPAbaby, Britax & Maxi-Cosi deserve kudos for making a big commitment to innovative new textiles that don’t require chemical treatments to pass the flammability standard. Below the lists are additional details from each manufacturer regarding their FR-free claims.

We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of current 2024 car seat models that are marketed as being “FR-free” and have grouped these products by type of car seat (infant, convertible, etc.) to make it easier to find something in the category you are interested in.

Fashions marked with the ✳ symbol are UL GREENGUARD GOLD certified. GREENGUARD is a third-party governing body that tests and certifies materials. The UL GREENGUARD GOLD Certification Standard includes criteria for limiting emissions of more than 360 VOCs and total chemical emissions.

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Infant Car Seats

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Manufacturer and Model Fashion Wool (Y/N) MSRP
Britax Willow S SafeWash covers No $249
Chicco KeyFit 30 ClearTex covers ✳ No $209
Chicco KeyFit 35 ClearTex covers ✳ No $229
Chicco KeyFit 35 Zip ClearTex covers ✳ No $299
Clek Liing Mammoth Yes $499
Clek Liing Railroad No $459
Maxi-Cosi Mico Luxe PureCosi covers No $239
Nuna Pipa RX All ✳ Yes $400
Nuna Pipa Lite RX All ✳ Yes $550
Nuna Pipa Urbn All ✳ Yes Travel Systems: prices vary
Orbit Baby G5 Merino Wool Yes $500
Peg Perego 4-35 Nido Merino Grey Yes $449
UPPAbaby Mesa Jordan/Henry Yes $279
UPPAbaby Mesa V2 Jake/Alice/Stella ✳ No $329
UPPAbaby Mesa V2 Gregory/Grayson ✳ Yes $359
UPPAbaby Mesa Max Gregory/Greyson ✳ Yes $429

Convertible & All-in-One Car Seats

These seats can be installed rear-facing or forward-facing. Most can be used from birth but more often they are the next step after the infant car seat.

Manufacturer and Model Fashion Wool (Y/N) MSRP
Britax Poplar ClickTight SafeWash covers No $299
Britax One4Life ClickTight SafeWash covers No $349
Britax Marathon ClickTight SafeWash covers No $299
Britax Boulevard ClickTight SafeWash covers No $349
Britax Emblem SafeWash covers No $249
Chicco OneFit ClearTex covers ✳ No $299
Chicco NextFit Max ClearTex covers ✳ No $299
Clek Fllo Mammoth Yes $475
Clek Fllo Railroad No $419
Clek Foonf Mammoth Yes $599
Clek Foonf Railroad No $549
Evenflo Revolve360 Extend Emerald Green No $449
Maxi-Cosi Pria PureCosi covers No $299
Maxi-Cosi Pria Max PureCosi covers No $319
Maxi-Cosi Romi (5-40 lbs. only) PureCosi covers No $129
Nuna Exec All ✳ Yes $750
Nuna Rava All ✳ Yes $550
Nuna Revv (5-40 lbs. only) All ✳ Yes $650
Orbit Baby G5 Toddler Merino Wool Yes $510
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Kinetic Merino Grey Yes $479
UPPAbaby Knox Jordan/Gregory ✳ Yes $349
UPPAbaby Knox Jake/Bryce/Noa ✳ No $299

Combination/Harnessed Booster Seats

These are forward-facing-only car seats with a 5-point harness that convert to a booster seat when your child outgrows the harness. They are most appropriate for preschool and school-age children.

Manufacturer and Model Fashion Wool (Y/N) MSRP
Britax Grow With You ClickTight SafeWash covers No $299
Britax Grow With You ClickTight Plus SafeWash covers No $349
Chicco MyFit ClearTex covers No $229

Booster Seats

Designed for school-age children who have outgrown a car seat with a 5-point harness. Booster seats do not have an integrated harness, they utilize the vehicle’s seatbelt to secure the child.

Manufacturer and Model Fashion Wool (Y/N) MSRP
Britax Highpoint SafeWash covers No $199
Chicco KidFit ClearTex covers ✳ No $99
Clek Oobr Railroad No $369
Clek Oobr Mammoth Yes $419
Nuna Aace All ✳ Yes $250

Additional details from each manufacturer:

Britax:

All “SafeWash” designated fashions are made with a tightly woven fabric that is inherently flame-retardant, eliminating the need to add FR chemicals.

To achieve flame retardancy, some brands utilize merino wool, which often can’t be put in the dryer after washing according to its care instructions. Thanks to SafeWash, not only are our fabrics free of FR chemicals, they’re also washer and dryer-friendly to get you back on the road faster.

Chicco:

ClearTex® products use fabrics, foams and labels that comply with federal car safety flammability standards without any added chemical treatments. ClearTex® utilizes an innovative construction of polyester fibers to produce fabrics that are inherently fire-resistant, no additional chemical fire retardants necessary.

Clek:

FR-free claims vary based on fabrics.

Clek’s premium eco-friendly fabric is their “Mammoth Collection“. This fabric is a Merino wool blend that is naturally flame-retardant.

Maxi-Cosi:

The development of PureCosi™ has been achieved through changes in our fabric choices, as well as company policies and practices that we require all third party manufacturing partners to adhere to. Maxi-Cosi car seats with PureCosi™ designation meet flammability standards through fabric and design choices; not with added chemicals.

Nuna:

Since late 2020, every single Nuna car seat model is made with FR-free materials, from fabric to foam and beyond. Nuna uses materials that meet the performance standard without adding any fire retardant chemicals. Tencel and Merino wool blend knit is eco-friendly and natural, boasting breathability and an ability to adapt to fluctuations in temperature.

Orbit Baby:

The Orbit Infant & Toddler Seats are made with fabrics certified by Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, ensuring they are healthier for your baby and better for the environment.

Being Okeo-Tex® Standard 100 Certified means that the textiles in our products that come in contact with you and your child, like our upholstery, memory foam, Sun Canopy, and Cargo Basket, have been tested for harmful substances, including pesticides, toxic chemicals, and dyes.

Merino wool cover: 65% Merino Wool, 35% Polyester textile blended for durability. Because of its high ignition and melting points, Merino Wool is a naturally flame-resistant material.

Peg Perego:

Peg currently offers a FR-free Marino wool cover option for the Primo Viaggio 4-35 Nido Infant Seat & the Primo Viaggio Convertible Kinetic.

UPPAbaby:

All fashions on the MESA V2 car seat are free of fire-retardant chemicals. Gregory and Greyson fashions feature a Merino wool which is naturally fire-retardant, while the V2 Jake, Stella and Alice fashions are not treated with any fire-retardant chemicals. All fashions comply with the federal car safety flammability standards (FMVSS 302).

Original MESA Infant Car Seat fashions Henry & Jordan have Merino wool blend covers that are naturally flame retardant.

The Jordan and Gregory KNOX fashions passes federal fire safety testing (FMVSS302) without the application of chemical flame retardants and without brominated and chlorinated chemicals. High-grade Merino wool blend bonded to foam makes the Jordan KNOX a naturally fire-resistant convertible car seat solution.

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