Why We Chose Clek Car Seats

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I had a couple of customers recently ask me, "so... why do you love THIS brand of car seat so much?" and I figured that (aside from inviting everyone to come try out our personal Foonfs) a blog post would be the best format for answering this question. 

Quality!

Our kids- lets be real, ALL kids- are really really hard on things. When it comes to baby gear, higher quality means less wear and tear on materials, less replacing, and better usability too. If you don't read any further just know that this seat is pricey but it is SO worth it. The plastic parts feel like better quality. The fabrics feel better. Plus, they are manufactured in North America... and are the only carseat on the market that is! 



Highest rear-facing limits on the market!

You hear a lot about extended rear facing. What that means is keeping babies and toddlers rear facing in the car for "longer than the minimum requirement". In most states, the law says 2 years minimum rear facing. In some states it is one year, in some states it is up to parents altogether. BUT if your toddler is tall or chunky, they can outgrow the rear facing limits of their seat, requiring you to switch them to forward facing. Clek seats are designed to fit kids longer- up to 43 inches tall and 50 lbs for rear facing, and up to 49 inches tall and 65 lbs for forward facing!

Rear facing is known to be much safer than forward facing because of the physics of car crashes. (I even joke with my teenager that she'd still be rear facing if I could manage it. She says "NO", hahaha)

Rigid LATCH is everything!!!! 

Rigid LATCH is for forward facing only, but it makes install a breeze and results in a safer installation. It is like two little hard sticks with "mouths" on the ends that clip onto the latch hooks inside of your passenger seats. With regular LATCH, there is a 

Steel honeycomb inner structure!

This one is a big deal. It makes the seats really heavy but this is part of what makes them perform so much better in crash tests than other brands. The steel honeycomb absorbs the shock of an impact, so your baby's body doesn't. Other seats are made of predominantly plastic and more plastic, which passes the shock of impact along to the baby. 

They are the only car seats made in North America!

It's kind of a fun fact that no other car seat brand manufactures close to home... We don't ONLY purchase things made here, but it makes you wonder- why are other seats made in China? Because it's cheaper. Why are Clek seats made in Canada? To support their local workers, to provide increased visibility in production, and to ensure the highest quality. 

Safer fabrics next to baby's face!

Their Crypton Super Fabrics are amazing and have Greenguard certification for being anti-microbial and water repellent. Which means they stand up to the grossness kids put carseats through. Carseat fabrics are also required to be flame retardant and the cheaper brands use cheaper and more chemical heavy flame retardants. Clek seat fabrics are free of brominated and chlorinated flame retardants, so your baby isn't breathing in anything toxic in their carseat. 

Narrowest outside dimensions!

A common concern for parents of more two little ones is how to fit all of the car seats into the vehicle. Not many brands can boast fitting three across in one row, but Clek can. Their "best in class" narrow outside dimensions of just under 17 inches at the widest point are a really nice thing. 

 

If you have any questions about our experience using these seats, please contact us to chat some more! 


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  • Erica on

    From a chat with Clek this am – Oct 5 2020 about the Clek Liing Infant Carset

    The Crypton fabrics are GREENGUARD Gold certified, and free of brominated and chlorinated flame retardants. They provide protection against water-based stains, moisture and odour-causing bacteria.
    -Pitch Black and Thunder are Crypton C Zero+ fabrics

    The wool models -Mammoth/ Winter Mammoth (charcoal grey) and Twilight/Full Moon (navy blue)- are made with 100% Australian Merino wool that is OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified. They are made from ethically sourced, non-mulesed wool that is naturally hypoallergenic, breathable, odour resistant, and temperature regulating. The wool models are the ONLY fabric cover option that are free of any added known flame retardants.

  • Mia on

    Part of the production is also done in Mexico which is very misleading considering they state they are made in Canada.

  • Regan Forer on

    Good Morning,

    My name is Regan, and I am a parent who is very cognizant about the chemical, and manufacture safety of items I purchase for my daughter. In addition to using helpful sites like yours for information, I also contact manufacturers and retailers directly to find out information.

    I thought I had done my due diligence in ensuring that Clek car seats were made in North America. I can see by your website, that you did the same. Unfortunately, we are both mistaken.

    When I received my Clek Fllo car seat yesterday (08.07.20), I took it apart to find the tags. Imagine my surprise to find that every fabric piece of the car seat (headrest, seat bottom, seat back) all had tags that specified that they were made in China. All the fabric pieces – the parts of the car seat our children are in contact with the most – are made entirely in China.

    I contacted Clek to ask them about this, and they confirmed in email that, yes, the fabric components of the car seat are made in China. I have pasted the reply email from Clek below my signature in the body of this email.

    Since you have a website that parents like me use as a reference, I wanted to give you this information, so that you can represent Clek correctly in something neither of us knew, and that is that the fabric parts of their car seats are made in China, and the Clek’s claim that their car seats are manufactured in North America are not exactly/entirely true.

    I’m contacting as many parenting sites as I can with this information, as I feel it is important that parents are aware of companies that are not fully honest about their baby/children products.

    Thank you for your time,

    Regan

    EMAIL FROM CLEK:

    Trudy Slaght (Customer Support at Clek Inc) <support@clek.zendesk.com>
    Fri 8/7/2020 8:21 AM

    Trudy Slaght (Clek Inc)
    Aug 7, 2020, 2:21 PM EDT

    Hi Regan,

    Thank you for contacting Clek. We’re happy to assist with your questions.
    We left a voicemail for you a few minutes ago providing information about the tags on the fabrics of the seat. While the fabrics are stitched in China, the covers are then shipped to Canada, where the car seat is manufactured. Our factory for Liing, Liingo, Foonf and Fllo is located in Ontario, Canada. (Oobr, Olli, and Ozzi are manufactured in the US.)

    Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance.
    Kind Regards,
    Trudy Slaght
    clek
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