UPPAbaby Mesa Infant Car Seat Review

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UPPAbaby Mesa Infant Car Seat Review

New for spring 2017, UPPAbaby is introducing their first model that substitutes a naturally fire-resistant wool blend for chemical fire retardants! This new version of the Mesa will provide a worry-free option for parents who are concerned about their child’s exposure to chemicals. Plus, the 2017 UPPAbaby Mesa Infant car seat has softer materials, an improved tailored fit, increased padding, and a travel bag accessory.

Meet the only Naturally Fire-Resistant Car Seat

This year’s MESA lineup has been updated with a modern cut, more padding and even softer fabrics for added style and comfort. We’re thrilled to present the Henry MESA as part of this lineup. Through its innovative use of Merino wool, the Henry MESA holds the honor of being the FIRST AND ONLY car seat to pass federal safety standards without the use of fire retardant chemicals.

You can’t sell a car seat without it first passing federal fire safety testing. (FMVSS302 to be exact.) While our MESA lineup meets flammability standards without the brominated and chlorinated chemicals favored by traditional manufacturers, the Henry MESA takes things a step further through its use of Merino wool. The Merino wool fabric used has been OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified.

Merino wool is finer and supplier than regular wool, and its natural flame resistance makes it a powerhouse. When exposed to flame, it resists catching fire where artificial fibers may melt or burn. The Henry MESA’s high-grade Merino wool blend is bonded to foam. It is the first and only car seat to meet federal flammability standards without any fire retardant chemicals at all — making it the only naturally flame resistant car seat on the market today.

We can’t say enough good things about Henry MESA’s Merino wool blend. Its wicking properties help keep babies cool on hot days and warm on cool days. It’s gorgeous, gender-neutral blue marl fabric exudes calmness while reassuring you with its safety standards. Plus, it coordinates perfectly with the Henry VISTA. Yes, that’s a not-so-subtle hint.

Product Information:


Discover streamlined styling and premium comfort with the UPPAbaby MESA infant car seat, which features the SMARTSecure™ system—an industry first to provide parents with a visual confirmation that the seat is installed correctly. The design combines safety and simplicity, was awarded an NHTSA 5-star rating and provides baby a first-class ticket to ride in safe comfort and style. The no-rethread harness grows with your baby and allows for a proper fitting in seconds, while the robust, adjustable headrest is reinforced with EPS foam, providing superior side-impact protection. This model has also been designed to fit with VISTA or CRUZ strollers (sold separately) with no adapters necessary, and with a one-handed quick release that lets you switch your little one from facing you to facing the world with just an easy press of a button.

  • Weight range: 4 to 35 lbs.; up to 32″ height
  • Included infant insert for preemies and newborns fits babies from 4 – 8 lbs.
  • SMARTSecure™ system with 10-second accurate install
  • SPF 50+ hideaway canopy
  • Red-to-green tightness installation indicator
  • Built-in lock-off for secure seatbelt installation
  • Dual-sided level indicators
  • 4-position adjustable foot for easy leveling
  • Adjustable headrest with Side Impact Protection
  • 2017 model
  • Attaches to VISTA and CRUZ strollers, sold separately. No adapters necessary
  • Removable and washable seat fabric and canopy
  • Imported
  • Kids’ Wear
  • Item #5331008

SMARTSsecure System:

MESA is the only infant car seat with a unique technology utilizing a tightness indicator and self-retracting LATCH connectors for fast, accurate and easy installation. An indicator window changes from red to green for visual confirmation the base has been installed correctly every time. This ease of installation is one contributing factor for MESA’s NHSTA 5 star rating.

Adjustable headrest with Side Impact Protection

MESA’s adjustable headrest is reinforced with EPP foam providing added protection for your child. The integrated design keeps an infant’s head stationary during a side-impact collision, resulting in up to 4X better test scores than other premium infant car seat brands.

No-rethread harness

MESA’s unique no-rethread five point harness eliminates the need to take apart the harness system as your baby grows, providing reassurance the harness is installed correctly each time.

New performance fabric

Soft, breathable and moisture-wicking material carrier fabrics keeping your baby cool and comfortable.

Performance Travel System

The MESA paired with the VISTA or CRUZ stroller delivers a Performance Travel System that is the ultimate in portability and safety. No need to sacrifice performance for convenience.

UPPAbaby 2017 Strollers

Key Measurements:

Infant Car Seat: 17”W x 25.8”L x 23”H
Car Seat on Base: 17”W x 28”L x 25”H
Base: 14.5”W x 21.3”L x 10.3”H (lowest level),
13”H (highest level)

True Weight:

Carrier: 9.9 lbs
Base: 9 lbs

What’s Included:

Infant car seat
Infant insert (for use with children 4-8 lbs)


UPPAbaby MESA Travel Bag, Spacious design fits both the MESA with base or carrier only

UPPAbaby MESA Infant Car Seat Base, Fits all year MESA infant car seats

UPPAbaby Cabana, provides the ultimate in protection against sun, wind, rain and insects.

UPPAbaby Infant Car Seat Rain Shield, Side vents ensure maximum ventilation and comfort

UPPAbaby Easy-Fit Car & SUV Sunshade, Stretch material allows flexible window coverage up to 17″x 28″

UPPAbaby MESA Infant car seat
Installation Videos

UPPAbaby MESA Instructional Video: Securing Infant in Seat

Learn how to properly secure your child in the MESA Infant Car Seat.

UPPAbaby MESA Instructional Video: Fitting Infant in Seat

Watch how to properly fit your infant in the MESA, when to make adjustments as they grow, plus key indicators of when it's time to transition to another seat.

UPPAbaby MESA Instructional Video: Base Installation with LATCH

An industry first, UPPAbaby MESA's SMARTSecure™ system provides parents with visual confirmation that their seat is installed correctly. Learn how simple it is ...

UPPAbaby MESA Instructional Video: Carrier Installation with Belt

The MESA can be installed without the base for city dwellers traveling in cabs or caregivers on chauffeur duty. Watch how easy the MESA carrier can be installed ...

UPPAbaby MESA Instructional Video: Base Installation with Vehicle Belt

Learn how to properly install your MESA Infant Car Seat using Base Installation with Vehicle (Lap/Shoulder) Belt.

About Company:

UPPAbaby is an innovative American company with one mission: To make high-quality baby products that fit the needs of your new life as a parent while appealing to the sense of style you’ve always had. To do this successfully, UPPAbaby draws on three decades of experience in the juvenile industry and on their own inspirations as parents of young children.

They stand by their products and are committed to supporting their customers and their families. Once they have confirmed your claim, they will try their best to repair or ship replacement parts (free via FedEx) within 24 hours. That’s the best warranty program in the industry. Read more information about our warranty here.

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7.4 Total Score
Impressive Top Pick

The newer UPPAbaby Mesa is a high-end baby car seat with some excellent safety features, but it is a little on the heavy side and comes equipped with a poorly designed weather canopy. The Mesa is one of the most attractive car seats on the market, but it isn't practical for most families on the go.

Crash Test
Ease of Install - LATCH
Ease of Install - Belt
Ease of Install - w/o Base
Ease of Use
Comfort / Quality
Weight / Size
  • 1st flame retardant-free infant car seat
  • No-Rethread Harness
  • Easy to install
  • Good for using without the base
  • One-handed release from stroller
  • Harness is not removable or replaceable
  • Heavier than average - 11.1 lbs
  • Canopy can stain easily