Is graco made in usa

Is graco made in usa DEFAULT

Sharing is caring!

America has a long history of quality manufacturing, and these days there are some wonderful (and travel-worthy) car seats made in the USA. They run the gamut from ultra-light, budget friendly seats to some of the fanciest, most feature rich options. And yes, some of them are perfect for your family’s next adventure.

Here are the main manufacturers who make car seats in the USA and where the factories are located:

  • Dorel Juvenile Group (includes Cosco, Maxi Cosi and Safety 1st) – Columbus, Indiana
  • Britax – Fort Mill, South Carolina
  • Evenflo – Piqua, Ohio (O-H!)
  • Clek (some products) – Ohio (I-O!)

Like most products that are made in the USA, some components for these car seat brands are made overseas and then brought to the US for assembly. There are lots of parts of a car seat that manufacturers don’t make themselves, like buckles, chest clips, LATCH connectors and harness webbing. That said, one of the biggest makers of those components is IMMI – short for Indiana Mills & Manufacturing Inc.

These lists of made in the USA car seats below don’t include every single model from the above baby car seat manufacturers because there are a lot of choices. Also not every car seat they make is from the US – some are still made in China, while others are made in Canada car seats. But these will give you some great ideas to start with!

This post contains affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Infant car seats made in the USA

Evenflo LiteMax infant car seats

Key stats:
-Weight 7.8 lbs
-Rear-facing size limits: 3-35lbs, up to 32”

✔ Budget-friendly
✔ Fits preemies extremely well
✔ Very light
✔ Lock-off for easy seatbelt installation

✘ Basic padding on the least expensive model
✘ Requires 1.5″ between car seat and front seats if not installing in the center
✘ Limited stroller compatibility

Read reviews and check prices

Maybe I’m biased as an Ohioan, but I have a really soft spot for Evenflo car seats. We’ve owned them for the last 7 years and this one kept my son completely injury-free during a terrible accident. My daughter still rides in a different Evenflo seat today (you’ll see that one down below). We didn’t try their infant seats because the offering weren’t quite as fancy back then, but the newest Evenflo infant car seats have a lot going for them in terms of both features and value.

The Evenflo LiteMax is one of the cheapest infant car seats out there but it’s still really impressive! It’s very lightweight at only 7.8 pounds and it (along with the other new Evenflo cousins in this series) offers the lowest approved weight limit around at 3 pounds. It’s one of the lightest infant car seats around, making it perfect for families who want to travel when their kids are tiny.

The low weight rating combined with plenty of adjustments for harness, hip and crotch straps makes this one of the best car seats for preemies available today. Note that some versions of the manual say there’s a 4 pound minimum, but Evenflo has updated their approvals.

At the top end of the range, the LiteMax goes up to 35 pounds and 32″ – it’ll last most kids past their first birthdays. Keep in mind that your baby still needs to have 1″ of shell height above their heads, and that may be your limiting factor.

Whether you want to install it with the base at home or install it without the base when you’re using it as a lightweight infant car seat for travel, it’s easy to work with.

If you have more room in your budget, you should look at the Evenflo LiteMax DLX. It has some great extra features for comfort, convenience and safety without adding much weight. It adds premium lower anchor connectors, a no-rethread harness, extra padding, a load leg (to add stability in an accident) and more! These are some seriously premium features at a very moderate price point. And yes, it’s still almost a lightweight as the regular LiteMax.

The biggest downside of Evenflo car seats is that, for the most part, stroller compatibility is limited to Evenflo strollers. But they’ve got some great choices these days – if you’re trying to stick with a budget-friendly, lightweight stroller then the new Evenflo Urbini Reversi will tick a lot of boxes and last your family for years to come.

The LiteMax isn’t a great choice for compact cars. Evenflo recommends installing in the center seat if possible. In most cases that requires using a seatbelt, which is 100% safe but may intimidate some parents compared to using LATCH; fortunately the LiteMax has an easy-to-use lock-off on the base to make seatbelt installation a breeze.

If you can’t or don’t want to install in the center seat, Evenflo requires 1.5″ between the back of the LiteMax and the seat in front. That means a front passenger would potentially have their knees in the dash or realistically couldn’t sit at all if you’re driving a very small car.

Maxi-Cosi Mico Max infant car seat

Key stats:
-Weight 8.9 lbs
-Rear-facing size limits: 5-30lbs, 19-32”

✔ Side impact protection and load leg
✔ Fits preemies extremely well
✔ Easy to install

✘ Continuous harness can be frustrating for some parents
✘ Must purchase adapters for most strollers
✘ Takes up more space than some other infant car seats

Read reviews and check prices

Maxi-Cosi is a popular European car seat brand, but their Mico Max infant car seat is made in the USA. And it comes with some unbelievable features!

From a safety perspective, it’s hard to beat the extras that Dorel has added. This infant car seat comes loaded with side impact protection, a load leg to provide more stability in an accident.

Comfort and convenience are high on Dorel’s list of priorities too: you’ll find an innovative, moisture-wicking cover that you can take off without removing the harness! I promise, you’ll appreciate that every time your kid spits up or has a diaper leak in the car seat. The canopy even has an extra mesh panel that opens up to provide fantastic sun protection and breathability.

Britax B-Safe 35 and Britax Endeavours infant car seat

Key stats:
-Weight 10 lbs
-Rear-facing size limits: 4-35lbs, up to 32”

✔ Side impact protection
✔ Breathable, wicking fabric
✔ Clicks into with Britax strollers

✘ Base model is fairly “basic” for the price
✘ SafeCenter base takes getting used to
✘ Really heavy

Read reviews and check prices

The Britax B-Safe 35 infant car seat is manufactured in Fort Mill, South Carolina alongside Britax’s other US car seats. There are actually three rear-facing Britax car seats in the family: B-Safe 35, B-Safe 35 Ultra and Endeavours.

The Britax B-Safe 35 is the most basic of the line, but it still includes nice features like side impact protection and a steel frame for enhanced rigidity (though all that steel makes for a very heavy car seat – if that’s a concern for you, check out these lightweight infant car seats). If you’re hoping to buy a matched travel system, the strollers available from Britax are actually very nice and will serve your family well even after your child graduates to a convertible car seat (note that the packages contain American car seats and Chinese strollers). Definitely take a look at the “Dual Comfort” fabric that offers better breathability as well as wicking fabric to avoid a sweaty back for your adorable babe

If you have more room in your budget, the Britax B-Safe 35 Ultra adds a convenient no-rethread harness and an extra layer of side impact protection. You can get it in CoolFlow fabric to help your baby stay comfortable. It also allows you to use European routing if you’re installing the seat on its own without the base – in addition to running the lap belt through the guides by your child’s legs, the shoulder belt also goes around the back of the seat to make it more stable. That’s a nice feature for traveling families and those who plan to bring their car seat in a taxi, Uber or Lyft.

The newer Britax Endeavours infant car seat is pretty much the same seat as the Britax B-Safe 35 Ultra, but the base adds and anti-rebound bar for extra stability in an accident.

I will say that in my own experience, the SafeCenter base is a little harder to install than infant car seat bases with a traditional single strap in the center like my beloved Chicco Keyfit. If you’ve never installed a car seat before, you probably won’t have any issue with it and even for me it was still manageable. Just know that it’s a little different than experienced parents might be used to!

All-in-one and convertible car seats made in the USA

Once your child has outgrown the infant car seat, your next step is to buy a convertible (rear facing to forward facing) or all-in-one (rear facing to forward facing to booster seat) car seat. There are some awesome all-in-one and convertible car seats made in America for you to choose from, no matter what your budget it. In fact, some of the most popular travel car seats for 1 year olds, 2 year olds and 3 year olds are American-made!

Keep your child in the convertible car seat until it’s outgrown. Most kids aren’t ready for a booster seat until they’re at least 5 years old – and some even older.

Britax One4Life all-in-one car seat

Key stats:
-Weight 30lbs
-Shell height 30”
-Max harness height 19”
-Rear-facing size limits 5-50lbs, up to 49”
-Forward-facing size limits 22-65lbs, up to 49”
-Highback booster size limits 40-120lbs, 44-63”

✔ Truly lasts from birth to adult seatbelt size
✔ Easy seatbelt installation with ClickTight
✔ Packed with great features
✔ 10 year expiration

✘ Extremely heavy
✘ Very expensive
✘ May not fit the tiniest preemies or newborns well

Read reviews @ Amazon

Read reviews @ Walmart

All-in-one car seats are all the rage now, which I completely understand. Who wants a graveyard of outgrown car seats down in their basement? And who needs to keep spending a few hundred dollars every couple of years for a new car seat?

The new Britax One4Life (also available here) is competing hard for the “best all-in-one car seat” title – and it’s made right here in the USA! Honestly there isn’t much you won’t find on this car seat. The One4Life includes rear facing, forward facing and highback booster seat options.

It will fit most kids from early infancy until it expires at age 10. It also has extremely generous rear-facing limits (50lbs/49″, which is the size of an average 7 year old), so it’s a great step once your child has outgrown their infant car seat. Yes, it’s pricey. But you probably won’t need to buy anything more than an inexpensive backless booster seat at the end.

Kids will love the cushy cover, harness pads and two cup holders. Parents will love the easy installation with ClickTight technology, no-fuss harness height adjustment and so much more.

Britax has created one of the most compelling car seats on the market, and they’ve done it right in South Carolina.

Should you travel with the Britax One4Life? The ClickTight installation technology is perfect for installing without a locking clip, so that’s handy for visiting many countries. Unfortunately, at 30 pounds it wouldn’t be my personal preference. It does have an integrated carry handle to ease the burden and it pairs well with the Britax car seat travel cart if you’ll be doing some serious driving on vacation, but most of the time I’d probably keep the One4Life in your own car for road trips and pick up a lighter convertible car seat for travel on planes.

Britax Marathon ClickTight convertible car seat

Key stats:
-Weight 28lbs
-Shell height 27”
-Max harness height 18.5”
-Rear-facing size limits 5-40lbs, up to 49”
-Forward-facing size limits 20-65lbs, up to 49”

✔ Generous size limits
✔ Easy seatbelt installation with ClickTight
✔ No-rethread harness
✔ 10 year expiration

✘ Very heavy
✘ Expensive
✘ May not fit the tiniest preemies or newborns well

Read reviews and check prices

If many of the One4Life features sound amazing but you don’t want to spend that much money (or carry around quite as much weight when you travel), the Britax Marathon ClickTight may be a great choice for you! Unlike its cousin, it doesn’t convert to booster mode down the line and the rear-facing weight limit is a more typical 40 pounds versus the 50 pounds of the One4Life.

What makes the Britax Marathon a standout among convertible car seats? The ClickTight technology makes installation a breeze whether you’re at home or on the road. It’s a great choice for tall kids both rear facing and forward facing. If you opt for the Dual Comfort fabric, your kids will enjoy a cooler ride thanks to extra ventilation and moisture wicking.

The lowest harness slow (when you use the infant insert) also makes the Marathon suitable from birth for most full-term babies, unlike the One4Life. That’s great news for families who want to use a convertible car seat from birth – you can use this from birth through roughly age 7, and then pass it along to another sibling or cousin.

Evenflo Sonus 65 convertible car seat

Key stats:
-Weight 11lbs
-Shell height 25”
-Max harness height 18”
-Rear-facing size limits 5-40lbs, 19-40”
-Forward-facing size limits 22-65lbs, 28-50”

✔ Generous size limits
✔ More comfort features than other travel car seats
✔ Nice enough to use as an everyday car seat
✔ Somewhat narrow convertible car seat

Requires top tether, which may not be available in all countries
✘ Heavier than Cosco Scenera Next and Cosco Apt 50
✘ More expensive than Cosco car seats
✘ Can be a tight squeeze front-to-back when rear-facing on some airlines with limited seat pitch
✘ 6 year expiration

Read reviews and check prices (Amazon)

Read reviews and check prices (Walmart)

Read reviews and check prices (Target)

The Evenflo Sonus 65 is a great all-around lightweight convertible car seat that families will be happy using both at home and on the go. It offers more comfort and convenience features than other lightweight car seats, but at an affordable price. Since it weighs just 11 pounds, you won’t have to buy a separate travel car seat.

The Sonus 65 is a nice American made car seat choice for families who want to rear face until around 4 years old and then forward face in a harness until around 6 years old. It has enough padding for a comfortable ride and comes with two kid-pleasing cup holders.

Cosco Scenera Next DLX convertible car seat

Key stats:
-Weight 7lbs
-Shell height 24”
-Max harness height 13.5”
-Rear-facing size limits 5-40lbs, 19-40”
-Forward-facing size limits 22-40lbs, 29-43″

✔ Compact
✔ Lightest convertible car seat
✔ Low price

✘ Low size limits
✘ Hard to install in some cars
✘ Limited padding for patterned covers
✘ No extra protection in headwings
Requires top tether for forward-facing

Read reviews and check prices

Who says companies have to move manufacturing overseas to keep their products affordable? Dorel Juvenile Group brought production of most of their car seats, including the entire Cosco line, to Indiana in partnership with Walmart’s commitment to American manufacturing. The Cosco Scenera Next is one of the least expensive car seats ever sold in this country!

We had one of the early Scenera Nexts in our “fleet” for a while and it serves its purpose well. It’s extremely affordable and also extremely lightweight, making it great as a backup and for flying with a car seat. It’s also narrow enough to work pretty well for fitting three across in the back seat. It’s designed primarily as a rear-facing car seat and will fit most kids until 3-4 years old (it’s often outgrown forward facing before rear facing).

I do strongly recommend the Cosco Scenera Next DLX rather than the regular version. There’s a noticeable difference in the cover padding – and I mean noticeable to kids, not just their nervous parents. It’s not a safety issue, but comfort is obviously important.

You won’t find high-end extra features on the Cosco Scenera Next, but it still passes the same federal crash testing as other seats.

Cosco Apt 50 convertible car seat

Key stats:
-Weight 8lbs
-Shell height 24”
-Max harness height 16”
-Rear-facing size limits 5-40lbs, 19-40”
-Forward-facing size limits 22-50lbs, 29-43” (the 43” limit may not be realistic depending on how long your child’s torso is)

✔ Low price
✔ Compact front-to-back when installed more upright
✔ Higher sizes limits than the Cosco Scenera Next DLX

✘ Extremely wide near the head
✘ Hard to install in some cars
✘ Limited padding for patterned covers
✘ No extra protection in headwings
Requires top tether for forward-facing

Read reviews and check prices

The Cosco Apt 50 convertible car seat is pretty similar to the Scenera Next above – you can see a full comparison of them. The Apt 50 is also manufactured in Indiana and will fit kids forward facing a little longer than the Cosco Scenera Next.

It’s still incredibly light weight and meets federal car seat safety standards, all while coming in at a bargain price. Both of those features make it an excellent choice for travel with toddlers.

Like the Scenera Next, the Apt 50 comes with a few different cover options. It’s worth spending a few dollars extra to get the nicer solid color cover.

Cosco Mighty Fit 65 convertible car seat

Key stats:
-Weight 11lbs
-Shell height 24”
-Max harness height 17”
-Rear-facing size limits 5-40lbs, 19-40”
-Forward-facing size limits 22-65lbs, 29-49”

✔ First from infancy to elementary school
✔ Somewhat narrow convertible car seat

✘ Tall shell won’t fit well rear-facing in compact cars and economy airplane seats
✘ Doesn’t last as long as the Evenflo Sureride
✘ Won’t fit newborns well
Requires top tether for forward-facing

Read reviews and check prices

Buy Safety 1st Jive direct
(free shipping + lifetime warranty)

Cosco has a third great made in the USA car seat on this list, the Cosco Mighty Fit 65. Dorel has been making this car seat for many years under different names, but it’s now under the Cosco brand.

The Cosco Mighty Fit 65 (and the slightly upgraded Cosco Mighty Fit 65 DX) are a little heavier than the Scenera Next and the Apt 50 but still light enough that it makes a great travel car seat. However, it has some nice features that could make it a great choice for a daily ride as well!

It’s narrow enough to fit in some three-across situations. Yet the 49″ forward facing height limit means that it can last many kids until 6 or 7 years old! That’s an amazing value consider that it’ll fit babies starting around 6-12 months. It can be a little tricky to install rear-facing and does require some serious recline for babies under 22lbs, but if you start using it at a higher weight you won’t have as many challenges.

Combination and booster seats made in the USA

The safest option for your child is to stay in a harnessed car seat until they reach its upper limits. There are lots of wonderful made in the USA booster seats that can keep your kids safely harnessed until 6 (or even 7) years old. Beyond that, a seat belt positioning booster seat is an important step before kids can safely ride with an adult seat belt – often not until 10-12 years old.

Britax Grow With You harnessed booster seat

Key stats:
-Weight 26lbs
-Max harness height 20”
-Forward-facing size limits 25-65lbs, 34-49”
-Highback booster size limit 40-120lbs, 44-63″; max belt guide 21″

✔ Perfect for tall kids
✔ Nice padding
✔ Deep head wings
✔ Easy to install with Click Tight
✔ Cool Flow fabric for temperature regulation
✔ 9 year expiration

✘ Can’t use as a booster for kids on the bottom of the growth charts
✘ Doesn’t convert to a backless booster
✘ No SecureGuard clip
✘ Wide footprint

Read reviews and check prices

Though the venerable Britax Frontier has been discontinued for a while now, the replacement Britax Grow With You ClickTight harnessed booster is a fantastic new made in the USA car seat for families with tall kids.

The Grow With You ClickTight is one of the best combination car seats made in the USA that you’ll find. It’s extremely easy to install, fits kids well for many years and will keep kids comfortable thanks to its generous padding and CoolFlow fabric. In harness mode it will fit an average sized kid until 7 or 8; after that it’ll still work as a highback booster seat until age 10 or 11 for average sized kids.

While it’s not especially light for travel, ClickTight makes it a good choice for installing overseas since you won’t need a locking clip.

It’s on the wider side, so it’s probably not your best choice if you need to fit three car seats in a row. It also isn’t a cheap seat, though you’ll certainly get your money’s worth with such a huge size range.

If your child is big enough and mature enough to ride in booster mode, check out the Britax Highpoint 2-Stage booster – it has a few extra features you’ll love like the option to use as a backless booster as your child grows.

Evenflo Maestro Sport harnessed booster seat

Key stats:
-Weight 9lbs
-Max harness height 18.5”
-Forward-facing size limits 22-50lbs, 28-50”
-Highback booster size limits 40-110lbs, 44-57”

✔ Lasts from age 3 (as a harness) to ~age 8 (as a booster)
✔ Affordable price
✔ Easy to install

Requires top tether, which may not be available in all countries
✘ Narrow set harness straps with no covers
✘ 6 year expiration

Read reviews and check prices

The Evenflo Maestro Sport is the latest version of a combination car seat (or “harnessed booster”) that’s been around for a whole decade! It’s a total workhorse seat that’s ideal for kids from ages 3 (in harness mode) to ~8 or 9 (in booster mode).

We use a cousin of this seat and it’s served us well for years. It gets the job done at home, and at only 9 pounds it’s fantastic for travel. Ours has been on more flights than I can count while our kids have used it in harness mode (you can’t use any seat in booster mode on a plane – more info on that here). It’s also relatively narrow, so it may work for installing 3-across (but it’ll depend on the car and the exact combination of seats).

The biggest downside of the Evenflo Maestro Sport is that it’s not ideal for kids on the higher end of the weight curve. Between the 50lb harness limit and the sort of narrow harness straps, it’s better suited to slim kids. You will need a backless booster after your child outgrows the Maestro Sport, but those are inexpensive and easy to come by.

Evenflo Evolve Platinum 3-in-1 combination booster seat

Key stats:
-Weight 20lbs
-Max harness height 17.5”
-Forward-facing size limits 22-65lbs, 28-50”
-Highback booster size limits 40-120lbs, 44-57”, 4yo
-Backless booster size limits 40-110lbs, 44-57”, 4yo

✔ Lasts from age 3 (as a harness) to ~age 12 (as a booster)
✔ Platinum model has wicking fabric
✔ Easy to install with premium LATCH connectors or wide belt path for seatbelt
✔ 8 year expiration

✘ Have to uninstall and manually re-thread harness as your child grows
✘ Narrow set harness straps

Read reviews and check prices

The Maestro Sport isn’t Evenflo’s only offering for preschoolers and elementary schoolers. On the higher end, you’ll find the full-featured Evenflo Evolve Platinum 3-in-1 combination booster seat. If you don’t need all of the “platinum” features, you can get the more basic version as the Evenflo Transitions harnessed booster seat – with a more basic price tag too.

Compared to the Maestro, the Evolve is a totally different creature. It’s full of squishy padding to keep kids comfortable and has a much more generous weight limit for the harness at 65 pounds. It also converts to a backless booster down the line and should last many kids until they fit in an adult seatbelt around age 12.

While it’s not quite as lightweight as the Maestro Sport, it’s an excellent choice if you’ll be flying somewhere and then doing lots of driving. It reclines for car nappers, has nice harness covers to avoid straps rubbing kids necks and the Outlast fabric keeps kids cool. Perfect for road tripping!

Clek Olli & Clek Ozzi backless booster seat

Clek Olli Backless Booster Seat shadow

Key stats:
-Weight 5lbs
-Backless booster size limit 40lbs/40″ to 120lbs/57″

✔ Great padding
✔ LATCH to secure it when unoccupied
✔ Narrow enough to fit 3-across
✔ Long arm rests
✔ Roomy enough for bigger kids
✔ 9 year expiration

✘ The 57″ height limit means tall kids might need another booster down the line
✘ High price for a backless booster seat

Read reviews and check prices

Once your child has outgrown their 5-point harness and high back booster seat options, she’ll probably still need a few years in a backless booster seat before she fits safely in an adult seat belt. The Clek Olli and Clek Ozzi (also at Walmart) backless booster seats fit the bill nicely and are assembled right here in Ohio!

These are great booster seats for mature kids who don’t want to feel like they’re riding around in a “baby seat”. They’re designed to fit kids up to 4’9″ and 120 lbs – that’s around 11 years old on average.

What’s the difference between the Clek Olli and Clek Ozzi? They’re pretty similar in concept, but the Olli offers more premium “creature comforts” like a cupholder, padded arm rests and a carry strap.

If your child would benefit from extra support for sleeping (or reminders to sit up straight!) you can check out the made in Canada Clek Oobr high back booster seat.

I hope this list has shown you just a few of the excellent car seats made in the US! What’s your favorite made in the USA car seat?

Bonus: Car Seats Made in Canada!

While our American readers may prefer to buy American-made car seats, Canadian friends might want to support their “hometown hero” too. There are several car seats made in Canada by our friends at Clek.

Clek Liing and Liingo infant car seats

Key stats:
-Weight 9 lbs
-Rear-facing size limits: 4-35lbs, up to 32”

✔ Base includes rigid LATCH, load leg and tons of recline options
✔ Very compact in all directions
✔ Compatible with lots of strollers via Maxi-Cosi adapters

✘ Extremely expensive for an infant car seat

Read reviews and check prices

The Clek Liing infant car seat is extremely easy to install whether you’re using its rigid LATCH or the seatbelt, eliminating lots of worries for first-time parents. It’s compact in all the ways that matter, making it a great choice for those driving small cars or who need to fit three car seats in the back. It’s also fairly light at just 9 pounds including all of the inserts and the canopy (almost light enough to make it onto our list of the lightest infant car seats!).

Fortunately the size limits are pretty generous at 35 pounds or 32″ or 1″ of shell height, whichever comes first. That’ll last most kids until 12-18 months, mostly depending on torso length.

The Liing is compatible with lots of stroller choices since it works with Maxi-Cosi adapters. You’ll be able to use it with Uppababy, Baby Jogger and more!

If you’re a city-dweller without your own car, Clek recently added a new option to save you some serious money (and storage space): you can now buy the Clek Liingo infant car seat. The car seat itself is pretty much the same, but instead of the full base it comes with a detachable “LATCH bin” – think of that as a mini-base with flexible (non-rigid) LATCH connectors. Without the LATCH bin it still weighs just 9 pounds, and it’s easy to install using a seatbelt when you’re hopping in and out of Ubers or taxis. It’s also – not kidding – about half the price of the Clek Liing!

Clek Foonf and Fllo convertible car seats

Key stats:
-Weight 36lbs
-Shell height 25”
-Max harness height 17”
-Rear-facing size limits 14-50lbs, 25-43”
-Forward-facing size limits 20-65lbs, 30-49”

✔ Great for fitting 3-across
✔ Nice, stain-resistant fabric
✔ Anti-rebound bar for better rear-facing crash performance
✔ Rigid LATCH for easy forward-facing installation
✔ Lock-offs for rear- and forward-facing seatbelt installations
✔ 9 year expiration

✘ Extremely heavy
✘ Extremely expensive
✘ Detachable rear-facing base

Read reviews and check prices

If you’re Canadian, the Clek Foonf and younger sibling Clek Fllo probably need no introduction. They’re ultra-narrow and loaded with safety features.

For rear facers, the Foonf comes with an anti-rebound bar to stabilize the car seat in a crash. As a bonus, it also provides a few extra inches of leg room for extended rear facing. You can up the ante with an optional rear-facing tether as well.

Once your child is forward facing, they’ll be protected by the Foonf’s crumple zones – the same way a car manages crash energy. As a convenience to parents, the forward facing installation uses fancy rigid LATCH so there’s no strap to tighten. Just click and go (and don’t forget to install your top tether).

For kids who like to sleep in the car, the Foonf offers three different recline positions. There are rules for when you can use each recline, so make sure you check the manual for details.

The Clek seat fabrics are really interesting. Their latest offers include soft-touch jersey knit, wipe-clean C-Zero Plus (which comes in fantastic colors!) and even a chemical-free merino wool knit.

The Foonf does sit really high up rear-facing due to its base, so many families find that it’s not ideal for flying with a car seat. If you want lots of the awesome Clek features but a more plane-friendly design consider the Clek Fllo, its sister seat.

USA Car Seat Manufacturers FAQs

Where are Britax car seats made?

Most Britax car seats are made in the USA, while a few are made in China.

Where are Evenflo car seats made?

Most Evenflo car seats are made in the USA, while a few are made in China.

Where are Graco car seats made?

Graco car seats are made in China.

Where are Chicco car seats made?

Chicco car seats are made in China.

Where are Diono car seats made?

Diono car seats are made in China.

Where are Maxi Cosi car seats made?

Most Maxi Cosi car seats are made in a the USA, while a few are made in Europe.

Sharing is caring!

Categories Best travel car seatsSours:

Country of Origin – Where Carseats Are Made

Thanks, Kecia! I note that while it’s easier to determine the country of origin, or where the final production line is located, it’s much more difficult to determine where the components or “value added” come from. For example, even on models made in North America, the boxes and fabric may have a label indicating that the cover materials are made overseas. Also, important safety components like harness and LATCH systems are often sourced from other suppliers. For example, one well regarded supplier, IMMI/Safeguard, makes their components in North America. Others are often sourced from southeast Asia.

We DO NOT base our reviews or opinions at CarseatBlog upon the country of origin. Even so, we do often note where carseats are manufactured for those consumers who may be concerned. We recognize that many shoppers like to support their domestic economies. Others may be concerned about factory labor conditions or lack of government environmental regulations in some countries noted for very low cost production. Some may be troubled by possible quality control issues or the lack of oversight on the use of potentially hazardous materials when 3rd party manufacturing facilities are used. These are all valid concerns, but obviously may not apply to some or any of the models listed here!

We have seen some of the USA production facilities in the past. Kecia and I blogged about the Dorel/Maxi-Cosi/Safety1st plant in Columbus, Indiana a while back. I have toured the Britax production lines in Charlotte, NC, and hope to see their new, larger facility in South Carolina soon!

  1. Aws iot sdk python
  2. Miracle on 31st street movie
  3. Apartment for sale under 200k
  4. Simple human q garbage bags
  5. Restaurants near delaware memorial bridge

Made in the USA

The Foundation of Graco Quality

“Made in the USA” is more than a marketing message for Graco ­­– ­­it is what we do every day in our manufacturing facilities here in Rogers, MN and Sioux Falls, SD. In fact, our American roots are only going deeper as we have recently expanded our factory in Rogers from 316,000 square foot size to nearly 800,000 square feet.


Original Rogers, MN Facility


Updated Rogers, MN Facility

Graco has been manufacturing airless sprayers in the USA since we introduced the first airless sprayer in 1958.


Hydra-Spray, the first airless sprayer, 1958


Ultra airless sprayers introduced, 1983


The Ultra Max II 695 with BlueLink, 2019

When we say manufactured, we mean real manufacturing right within our own American facilities. Selected raw metals and materials arrive at our factory and we cut, machine, grind, hone, and otherwise transform the raw components into the individual parts of the sprayer.


No other spray equipment company retains total control over as many of the individual part manufacturing processes as Graco. While others outsource the manufacturing of a large number of components to third parties, and even outsource subassembly processes in some cases, Graco remains committed to doing nearly all of these activities ourselves and within our own facilities. This is how we can ensure the highest quality and consistency in both performance and life.

We know that the manufacturing of individual components in house and managing as much of the assembly and subassembly process as we do is not the easiest way to build an airless sprayer, but we also know that it is the best.


Making the Made in the USA statement is popular these days. It seems that many companies are trying to find ways to legally claim it.

We don’t make these statements to be popular or trendy. We simply believe that keeping as much of the design, manufacturing, assembly, and support as possible in the USA results in the best products for our customers.

Designed In The USA

From the industry’s first paint sprayer launched in 1958 to the latest sprayers we offer, our industry-leading technology starts with engineering and designs right here in Rogers, MN. In order to ensure every piece of equipment meets the highest quality, durability and performance standards Graco has set for over 60 years, our engineers use multiple systems and performance tests, including:

  • CAD Product Design
  • Fluid Dynamics Evaluations
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • 3D Parts Modeling
  • Life Testing
  • Performance Testing
  • Impulse Testing
  • Burst Testing
  • Environmental Testing
  • CAD Product Design
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • 3D Parts Modeling
  • Performance Testing
  • Life Testing
  • Fluid Dynamics Evaluations
  • Impulse Testing
  • Burst Testing
  • Environmental Testing
  • Agency Approval Testing

Manufactured In The USA

The Graco commitment to quality and manufacturing in the USA starts with selecting and working with the highest quality raw metals and materials. Once inside our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, we physically transform these materials into the individual Genuine Graco parts and components found in our spray equipment, using sophisticated equipment operated by highly trained and skilled American workers.

Instead of basic modular assembly, our unrelenting focus on maintaining control during all aspects of our manufacturing process helps make sure we deliver the highest quality products for hard-working professional contractors that rely on them to get the job done right, every day.

Assembled In The USA


The Graco spirit of leading innovation found in our sprayers is also a large part of our assembly process. Once the raw materials are transformed within our facilities into the individual Genuine Graco parts and components, these components are then assembled into the sprayers by another group of skilled American workers using precision fixtures and calibrated tools. To further ensure our commitment to providing industry-leading quality, performance and durability, every sprayer is 100% fully-tested at the end-of-the-line before being packaged for shipment.

Supported In The USA


Graco’s mission to provide A+ Customer Service is a major part of our global commitment to quality. Born from our founders’ Midwestern USA work ethic and our belief that we’re here to serve our customers first, we are committed to delivering an A+ experience to every customer, every time. From our tech assistance and customer support teams to our online parts and dealer support systems, all of our interactions and experiences are guided by a focus on integrity and partnerships, not transactions.


World-Class Quality

At Graco, we manufacture most of our airless sprayers from supply that is virtually entirely American. The rest of Graco’s airless sprayers incorporate specialized globally sourced components, such as a Honda® engine on Graco’s GMAX gas sprayers, but are otherwise manufactured in the USA. Graco’s combining of our American manufactured sprayers with select best-in-class components such as Honda engines results in the highest quality airless sprayers ever made.

Learn more about Graco airless sprayers made in the USA

Graco Magnum Project Painter Plus [USA MADE! Best Painter for the $$$$]

Baby Products Made in the USA - 35 Options

We get tons of messages on email and social media asking which baby products are made in the USA, which baby gear companies are US-owned, and where materials are sourced. These questions are becoming more frequent as the US looks inward to help business owners climb out of the current health and economic crises.

Whether you are motivated by helping the US economy, trust US manufacturing practices, or like the traceability of US-made baby gear, this list is for you! Check out the table of contents to quickly navigate around the article.

Car Seats Made in the United States:

baby products made in the usa britax

1. Britax Infant and Convertible Car Seats

While the corporate headquarters of Britax is based in the United Kingdom, they have a large division called Britax Child Safety, based in South Carolina. That is where they do the final assembly of several of their infant car seats and convertible car seats for sale in the United States. As you probably know, Britax car seats sit at or near the top of our annual lists of the best infant car seats, best convertible car seats, and best booster car seats.

A couple notes about this. First, the Britax car seat parts are sourced from all over the world, including China, and then some of their car seats are made with these parts in North Carolina. Some Britax materials say the car seats are "assembled" in the USA, and some say "Made in the USA" which can be confusing.

Second, until recently, Britax booster seats were not made in the USA; as of July 2020, our representative at Britax confirmed that all Britax booster seats are assembled in the USA, in their South Carolina facility. The representative also said that Britax strollers are now assembled in the USA from global components, but we're not certain whether that's truly the case (there is conflicting information from them).

Here are Britax car seats made in the USA:

baby products made in the usa evenflo

2. Evenflo Infant and Convertible Car Seats

Evenflo has been headquartered in the United States (Boston, MA and West Chester, OH) for over 100 years, and many of their car seats are made right here in the USA. Like Britax, some parts and components are sourced from all over the world, including China, and then assembly is done in the USA.

A couple things worth pointing out. First, all Evenflo strollers are made in China. Second, if you purchase an Evenflo infant car seat as part of a travel system, both the car seat and stroller will be made in China. The only way to guarantee the car seat will be made in USA is to purchase it separately.

Here are Evenflo car seats made in the USA:

baby products made in the usa maxi-cosi

3. Maxi-Cosi Infant and Convertible Car Seats

Maxi-Cosi is a popular European brand that is owned by Dorel Juvenile, which is one of the largest baby gear manufacturers in the world, based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Many of their car seats are made in the USA in their Columbus, Indiana factory, and we list those below.

You need to be a bit careful, however, because some of the Maxi-Cosi car seats are made in China. For example, the Maxi-Cosi Mico (non-MAX version) is made in China (at least the one we tested), but the Maxi-Cosi Mico MAX is made in the USA. Also, the Maxi-Cosi strollers, like the popular Zelia, are made in China.

Here are Maxi-Cosi car seats made in the USA:

baby products made in the usa safety 1st

4. Safety 1st Infant and Convertible Car Seats

Like Maxi-Cosi, Safety 1st is owned by Dorel Juvenile (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), but manufactures some of their car seats in the USA, in the factory in Columbus, Indiana.  is a popular European brand that is owned by Dorel Juvenile, which is one of the largest baby gear manufacturers in the world, based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Many of their car seats are made in the USA, and we list those below.

Like with most of these brands, you need to be careful about which specific models you buy. For example, the Safety 1st onBoard 35 LT (not with Air 360) is made in China, but the onBoard 35 Air 360 is made in the USA.  With strollers, all Safety 1st strollers appear to be made in China, such as the popular Safety 1st Teeny compact stroller.

Here are Safety 1st car seats made in the USA:

Where are Other Car Seats Made?

While Britax, Maxi-Cosi, Safety 1st, and Evenflo at least assemble some of their products in the USA, many other major car seat manufacturers do not. Where are their products made?

Where are Clek Car Seats Made? These popular car seats, like the Clek Foonf and Clek Fllo, are made in Canada. And this is actually true, the car seats are fully manufactured in Canada, by the Canada-based company, using globally-sourced parts. And they are truly kick-butt car seats; so if North America suffices, definitely check them out. We review the Clek Foonf and Fllo in our best convertible car seats and narrowest car seats round-ups.

Where are Graco Car Seats Made? Some of the top-selling car seats on the market are made by Graco, including their popular infant car seats (e.g., Snugride line) and convertible car seats (e.g., Extend2Fit, 4Ever). Graco is owned by Newell Brands, based in Philadelphia, PA, but from what we've seen in our testing, their car seats are typically made in China.

Where are Diono Car Seats Made? Diono makes some of the best convertible car seats, including the popular Radian 3RXT, and booster car seats on the market. They are a US company (Seattle, WA), but the Radian 3RXT is made in China, but some of their booster seats are made in Denmark. 

Where are UppaBaby Car Seats Made? UppaBaby is an American company based in Rockland, MA. Their most popular car seats are the UppaBaby Mesa, which is made in China, the UppaBaby Alta booster seat, which is also made in China.

Where are Peg Perego Car Seats Made? Peg Perego is an Italian company based outside of Milan, Italy. They sell many popular and high quality car seats, including the Primo Viaggio series, which are all made in Italy.

Where are Cybex Car Seats Made? Cybex was started in Germany and then merged with a large Chinese baby products company called Goodbaby International. Currently, the Cybex Aton and Cloud appear to be made in China, whereas the Cybex Sirona convertible car seat appears to be made in Germany.

Where are Chicco Car Seats Made? Chicco was founded over 50 years ago in Lombardy, Italy. Since that time, they have shifted most of their car seat manufacturing to China. The popular KeyFit is made in China, and the NextFit is made in China. The big exception is the new Chicco Fit2, which is made in Italy.

Where are Baby Jogger Car Seats Made? Baby Jogger was started in 1984 in the United States, but was purchased by Newell Brands, based in Philadelphia, PA. The current range of Baby Jogger car seats, including the City GO and City View, are made in China.

Where are Doona Car Seats Made? Doona is made by CuddleCo, a company based in the United Kingdom. The Doona combination stroller and car seat was launched in China and is made in China.

Where are Nuna Car Seats Made? The popular, stylish, and high quality Nuna Pipa and Nuna RAVA car seats are both made in China.

Where are Baby Trend Car Seats Made? Baby Trend was founded in 1988 in Ontario, California, but was acquired by Alpha Group in 2016. Alpha Group is based in China, where all Baby Trend car seats and other products are made (except for their diaper pail, which is made in California). 

Strollers Made in the USA

Nearly all of the best strollers sold in the USA are made in other countries, primarily China. stroller made in USA safety 1st riva

There is one new exception that stands alone as the only stroller made in the USA: The Safety 1st RIVA!

The Safety 1st RIVA is made by Dorel Juvenile in Columbus, Indiana, and is primarily sold as a travel system along with the Safety 1st Onboard 35 FLX, which is made in China. So while the RIVA stroller itself is made in the USA, the included infant car seat is made in China. Odd choice by Dorel, who was trying to appeal to the US consumer market increasingly interested in US-made baby products.

Crib Mattresses Made in the USA

Even 10 years ago, most crib mattresses were made overseas, primarily in China, Vietnam, and other parts of Asia. The good news is that modern crib mattresses sold in the USA tend to also be made in the USA. In fact, almost all of the best crib mattresses included in our annual reviews are made in the USA. Of course, all of them use a mix of US and foreign materials during manufacturing. Here are the major crib mattress brands made in the USA:

Bassinets Made in the USA

Classic bassinets, including the traditional wicker style and wooden bassinets, were commonly made in Europe and the USA. Nowadays, it is rare to come across bassinets made in the USA. In fact, even the most popular and expensive bassinets, like the $1400 SNOO, are made in China.

The same goes for all of the best bassinets in our annual list, including the HALO Bassinest, Mika Micky, Fisher Price bassinet, Graco Dream Suite bassinet, Baby Delight, Summer bassinets, and more. All made in China. The popular Baby Bjorn Cradle bassinet is made in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

There are a few exceptions to this, however!

1. Smitten Boxes Baby Bassinets

baby products made in the usa smitten bassinet box

Pip & Grow, based in Portland, Oregon makes a series of adorable baby bassinets right here in the USA. The moses boxes include a simple cardboard surround with a 1" thick CertiPUR-US certified foam mattress. They are a simple and elegant solution to the increasingly expensive, complicated, and cumbersome bassinets available on the market. Most importantly for this article, the Smitten boxes are made in the USA!

2. Moses Baskets Made in USA

baby products made in the usa moses baskets

Baby Eco Trends, based in Athens, Georgia makes beautiful woven moses baskets and stands, all right here in the USA. The moses baskets can be purchased alone or along with a moses stand, which props your baby up to the level of most bassinets. The same company also sells a series of Amish bassinets and cribs, all made in the USA.

Baby Carriers & Wraps Made in the USA

Most of the best baby carriers, including the LILLEbaby carrier, Infantino carriers, Contours carriers, and Graco carriers are made in the USA. The ErgoBaby carriers are made in India and Vietnam, and the Baby Tula carriers are made in India.

The good news, however, is that some of the best baby wraps and carriers are made right here in the USA by American-owned companies! These include:

1. Happy! Baby Carriers

baby products made in the usa happy baby carriers

One of the only soft-structured baby carriers still made in the USA, the Happy baby carrier is not only American owned and made, but it's also soft, supportive, high quality, and totally adorable and unique. For parents looking for stylish and subtle patterns and colors, quality (imported) fabric, and excellent construction, definitely check out the Happy brand!

2. Solly Baby Wraps Made in USA

baby products made in the usa solly baby wraps

We cannot express how much we absolutely love Solly baby wraps! They are soft, strong, versatile, come in beautiful colors, and are made with luxorious fabrics. Even better, they are made in the USA and American-owned, and source their fabrics sustainably from europe (like Austria) and other regions! Click the image or here to learn more about the Solly wraps.

3. Boba Baby Wraps and Carriers Made in USA

baby products made in the usa boba baby wraps

Boba baby wraps have been at or near the top of our best baby carriers list for over 5 years now, and for good reasons! First and foremost, they are made right here in the USA from organic cotton, including an organic cotton liner with fabric sourced from Texas. Second, they are truly awesome, soft, strong, versatile, and reasonably priced! Click the image to learn more about the Boba baby wraps and carriers.

What Does "Made in USA" Really Mean?

Finding baby products actually made in the USA ended up being harder than we expected. In our testing, we often notice that many of the boxes and packaging say things like "Assembled in the USA," "Designed in the USA," "Engineered in the USA," or "Molded in the USA." Then, when you open up the packaging and look at the actual product labels, it says something like "Made in China" or "Made in Vietnam."

This begs the question: which one is it!? Personally, we think many manufacturers are being intentionally misleading about the country of origin for their car seats and other baby products. Designed in the USA means that the people who made the initial product designs in a 3D modeling software package were in the USA when they did so. Engineered in the USA means that people who build the structural engineering blueprints for the products were located in the USA. Molded in the USA means that the manufacturing molds that are used to shape the plastics, were made in the USA; often, the molds are then shipped to China for the actual plastic manufacturing.

Finally, Assembled in the USA means that the final assembly of a product occurred in the USA. This can be very misleading because final assembly might literally include popping on components, like attaching the harnesses and LATCH system, attaching the handlebar, and putting on the seat pads.

Have a product to add, or want us to review another category? Visit our facebook page and send us a message!



Usa made in is graco

Graco (baby products)

Not to be confused with Graco (fluid handling).

Graco (pronounced gray-co) is an American baby products company based in High Point, North Carolina.[1] It is owned and operated by Newell Brands. Graco was founded in 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Russell Gray and Robert Cone (hence the name) as Graco Metal Products, a company that fabricated machine and car parts. Rex Thomas (one of two engineers hired to come up with a sustainable product) watched his wife sitting on the porch, rocking their baby in a swing with a string tied to it, while she read a book. Rex went into work the next day and said "why don't we make an automatic baby swing." After 18 months of research and development, the Swyngomatic - the world's first wind-up, automatic baby swing was born in 1955, designed by company engineer Dave Saint.[2] In 1987, the company pioneered the invention of the Pack N' Play Portable Playard, the world's first portable play yard (designed by Nate Saint, Dave Saint's son).[citation needed]

In 1998, Graco acquired Century, a car seat manufacturer and introduced the SnugRide infant car seat, which has become America's top-selling infant car seat line. Century actually introduced the travel system where a car seat could fit on a stroller for easy transportation. That same year, Graco was acquired by Rubbermaid. A year later in 1999, the company was acquired by Newell Company and Newell became Newell Rubbermaid. In 2016 Newell Rubbermaid changed its name to Newell Brands when they acquired Jarden. In 2002, Graco launched the Turbo Booster, a booster seat designed to help parents stay in compliance with many states' passage of laws requiring children to stay in a car seat longer. In 2007, the company purchased established German baby product brand, Teutonia. The same year, the Nautilus 3-in-1 car seat debuted, earning the "Best Bet" designation from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.[citation needed] Then, in 2008, Graco acquired Aprica Kassai, the number one selling baby brand in Japan. In 2014, Newell Rubbermaid acquired American baby brand, Baby Jogger.

Graco offers products including car seats, travel systems, strollers, high chairs, play yards, and baby swings.[3][4]


External links[edit]

Watch a Quick Overview of How Graco Sprayers are Made in USA

Graco (pronounced gray-co) is an American baby products company based in High Point, North Carolina. It is owned and operated by Newell Brands.

Click to see full answer.

In this regard, where are Graco cribs manufactured?

Simplicity, of Reading, Pa., is listed as manufacturer of all the cribs, which were made in China. The recalled cribs were sold nationwide, under the Simplicity or Graco brands, from January 1998 through May 2007.

One may also ask, what car seats are made in USA? Carseats Made in the USA – 2016

Infant Seat ModelOrigin
SafeMax ConvertibleUSA
Pria (all models)USA
Performance RideAssembled in USA

Also question is, are Graco car seats made in China?

In addition to Britax and Recaro, Graco, Dorel and Evenflo all have US manufacturing facilities, but it is seat dependent.

Where are Nuna products made?

Nuna products are manufactured in China in an ISO 14001 certified factory, which stays current with the latest eco-friendly equipment and processes! The factory employs solar powered energy, exhaust treatment water, a recycling program, and a plastic waste and package recycling program.


You will also be interested:

He almost really choked me. I cleared my throat. We went home, the weather had already turned bad. A strong wind blew and a strong wind gushed. When we reached the house, wet, grandmother was already waiting for us and her hot supper.

1687 1688 1689 1690 1691