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About the UPPAbaby Mesa Infant Car Seat with SmartSecure

Parenting is complex enough – so shouldn’t your car seat be both effective and simple? The UPPAbaby Mesa Infant Car Seat has pared down this key safety device to its essence, with top-notch safety features and incredible ease of use. And did we mention that you don’t need to buy a separate adapter to use it with your UPPAbaby Vista or UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller?


Here’s the scoop on this delightful new treat of a child safety seat:


  • Specifications: Use the UPPAbaby Mesa Infant Car Seat with babies weighing 4-35 pounds, up to 32” tall. The lowest harness position is optimized for preemies, giving the teeniest babies a safe ride home.
  • Safety: Side Impact Protection (SIP) is integrated with the no-rethread harness. The adjustable headrest is designed to make it easy to tell where your baby’s head should be for optimal protection. Also, the bottom of the base is finished so that it won’t scratch up your vehicle seats, eliminating the need for seat protectors which can compromise the safety of your car seat.
  • Ultra-easy base installation with LATCH: The unique self-retracting SmartSecure LATCH system allows you to install and remove the Mesa Infant Car Seat’s slender base in literally seconds. Just click in the LATCH connectors and push down hard until the tightness indicator turns green, and you’re done. Watch our friend The Baby Guy, Jamie Grayson install the base here: he summarizes the install as, “Click, click, BAM.”
  • Ultra-easy base installation with safety belts: Built-in belt lockoffs make this installation quick and easy, too, utilizing the same red-to-green tension indicator.
  • Compatible with the Vista and Cruz: An included adapter turns your UPPAbaby Vista into a one-click travel system that will make transferring baby from the car to the stroller a snap. The Mesa Infant Car Seat is also compatible with the UPPAbaby Cruz Stroller – and doesn’t even need an adapter! A one-push stroller release on the car seat carry handle lets you pop the 10.5 pound car seat off the stroller with no fuss whatsoever.
  • Cool canopy: The SPF 50+ canopy on the UPPAbaby Mesa Infant Car Seat can pull out to protect your baby from the sun – or retract right into the seat for a nice clean look.


Really, we could go on about how much we love the UPPAbaby Mesa Infant Car Seat – except that we already did, when we first saw it at the ABC Kids Show. See more pics and read our own Sheri Gurock’s take on the Mesa here. We think this car seat will become just as ubiquitous as the UPPAbaby Vista Stroller – and you can’t turn a corner here in Boston without spotting a Vista. Get your Mesa Infant Car Seat today, and enjoy the beauty of simplicity!


UPPAbaby Mesa Infant Car Seat with SmartSecure Specs

Max Weight Capacity:
35 lb.
Min. Weight Required:
4 lb.
Max Height Capacity (in.):
Additional Side Impact Protection:
5-Point Harness:
Weight (when empty):
11.1 lbs.
Manufacturer's Product Number:
Drew/Tangerine: 0070-ANI, Jack/Black: 0070-JKE, Lindsey/Wheat: 0070-LSY, Sebby/Teal: 0070-SBY
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UPPAbaby Mesa Infant Car Seat with SmartSecure

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1st time mom
  • First Time Parent
5.0 stars out of 5.0 stars

Novice experience had exceptional first go!

August 7th, 2013

Design, style, safety, ease of use


Somewhat heavy

I am a new first time mom, so my experiences with carseats is next to nothing. However, the UPPAbaby Mesa made my first installation a breeze! My husband and I spent all of ten minutes reading the easy manual and installing the base and seat. The safety indicators made this mama happy... as a type A I like to triple check everything, but did not need to with the help of the green/red indicators. The car seat is stylish and modern. I also have the Vista Stroller and am thrilled with it so far. My only critique of the Mesa is that it felt heavier than I would have anticipated. This could be a low point for many, however, it will force me into a daily arm workout with my son and Mesa as the weight!

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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UPPAbaby Mesa Infant Car Seat with SmartSecure
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Portland, OR
  • First Time Parent
  • Working Parent
3.0 stars out of 5.0 stars

Not all it was hyped up to be

June 14th, 2013
8 out of 9 people found this review helpful

Stylish, Slim, easy LATCH install, Buckle pockets


Tight fit, impossible seatbelt install, heavy

After all of the delay drama and hype, I am underwhelmed by this car seat.



-Looks great

-Smaller profile of seat and base than other infant seats

-Quality fabrics

-Love the LATCH base install

-Pockets for buckle are helpful when putting child in seat

-Super easy to remove from Vista

-Like that is has the Side Impact protection



-Installation with a seat belt on leather is impossible! I had to kneel down on the base while trying to tighten the belt with my foot to get the indicator to turn green. Then the seat belt lock off was very hard to close unless you have the belt in there just right. After all the hard work, the base could wiggle back to a red indicator with very little effort. Just could not get the base installed safely using a seat belt.

-Level indicator is green for all of the base level settings so I had to eyeball the line on the seat with the ground to find the correct level setting. Thus the level on the base is useless

-Infant insert makes seat to small for even tiny babies. My daughter is just under 8lbs and with the infant insert the seat buckle digs into her skinny legs. Without the insert it seems like she is seated too low and there is lots of extra space in the seat.

-Wish you didn't need the included adapters for use with the Vista. Would be nice if UPPAbaby made is compatible with their higher end stroller instead of the cheaper one.

-Chest buckle is difficult to move up and down when the child is strapped in. Good for safety probably but makes a very unhappy baby and frustrated mommy when trying to get it into place.

-Canopy stains with rain. I plan on just wetting the entire canopy and hope that it will no longer look stained after being in the rain.

-A little heavier than other seats but not too noticeable

-Seems like I can never get the straps as loose as I want them and tightening the straps is not as easy as other seats (I used the Chicco Keyfit before the Mesa arrived).


Overall, it is a nice seat but not sure it was worth all of the hype, wait or price. For $100 less the Chicco was a great seat, just doesn't look as fashionable as the Mesa.

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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