Child Safety Seats
Guidelines for Seating Children
You must restrain infants and small children using a child safety seat appropriate for the child’s age, weight, and size. In market regions where seating a child on the front passenger seat is legally permitted, you must never seat a child on the front passenger seat when the associated airbag is enabled (see Airbags), even if the child is seated in a child safety seat or a booster seat. DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY to the child can occur.
Refer to the following label fitted to the sun visors.
The status of the passenger front airbag displays in the top corner of the touchscreen:
For details on how the passenger front airbag is controlled, see Airbags.
Choosing a Child Safety Seat
Refer to the following tables for guidelines on the type of seat belt installed and ISOFIX/i-Size installed child restraint you should use based on the weight of the child.
Seat Belt Installed Child Restraints
|Mass Group||Front Passenger||Rear Outboard||Rear CenterC|
|Group 0||up to 10 kg||X||U||U|
|Group 0+||up to 13 kg||LA||U||U|
|Group I||9 - 18 kg||UFB||U, UF||U, UF|
|Group II||15 - 25 kg||UFB||U, UF||U, UF|
|Group III||22 - 36 kg||UFB||U, UF||U, UF|
U: Universal rear facing child restraint.
UF: Universal forward facing child restraint.
L: Suitable for these particular child restraints - Maxi-Cosi Cabrio/Cabriofix E4 04443517 or Takata Mini E4 04443717.
X: Seating position is not suitable for children in this mass group.
ASeat must be placed in rearmost lowest position.
BSeat must be placed in rearmost highest position.
CIf Model S is equipped with the optional executive rear seats, a rear center seating position is not available.
Attach booster seats using seat belts only (do not use ISOFIX/i-Size).
ISOFIX Installed Child Restraints
|Mass Group||Size Class||Fixture||Rear Outboard ISOFIX Position|
|Group 0||up to 10 kg||E||R1
Attach booster seats using seat belts only (do not use ISOFIX).
|Group 0+||up to 13 kg||E||R1||ILA, C|
|Group I||9 - 18 kg||D||R2||ILB|
|B||F2||IUF, ILB, D|
|B1||F2X||IUF, ILB, D|
|A||F3||IUF, ILB, D|
IL: Suitable for any semi-universal child restraint (any rear or forward facing restraint with support leg).
IUF: Suitable for any universal child restraint (forward facing with tether).
ARecommendation: Takata Mini E4 04443717.
BRecommendation: Takata Midi E4 04444204.
CRecommendation: Maxi-cosi Cabriofix/Easyfix E4 04443517.
DRecommendation: Maxi-cosi Pearl/Familyfix E4 043908.
Seating Larger Children
If a child is too large to fit into a child restraint system, but too small to be safely secured using the vehicle's seat belts, use a booster seat appropriate for the child’s age and size. When using and installing a booster seat, carefully follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
Two Installation Methods
Among many other variants, there are two general types of child restraint systems based on how they are secured in the seat:
- Belt-based - secured using the vehicle’s seat belts (see Installing Seat Belt Retained Child Seats).
- ISOFIX/i-Size - secured to anchor bars built into the vehicle's seats (see Installing ISOFIX Child Seats).
Some child restraint systems can be installed using either method. Refer to the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the child restraint system to determine which installation method to use and for detailed installation instructions.
In Model S, belt-based child restraints can be installed in any passenger seat and ISOFIX/i-Size systems can be installed in either of the rear outboard seats. Specific details about the type of child restraint system that can be used in each seat is provided next.
Installing Seat Belt Retained Child Seats
First, make sure that the child safety seat is appropriate for the weight, height, and age of the child.
Avoid dressing the child in bulky clothing and do not place any objects between the child and the restraint system.
Adjust harnesses for every child, every trip.
Always follow the detailed instructions provided by the child safety seat manufacturer. General guidelines are provided below.
- Place the child safety seat in Model S, and fully extend the seat belt. Route and buckle the seat belt in accordance with the child safety seat manufacturer’s instructions.
- Allow the seat belt to retract, and remove all slack in the seat belt while firmly pushing the child safety seat into the Model S seat.
- Attach the upper tether strap(s), as required by the manufacturer of the child restraint system (see Attaching Upper Tether Straps).
Installing ISOFIX Child Seats
Lower ISOFIX/i-Size anchors are provided in the rear outboard seats. The anchors are located between the seat's back rest and rear cushion. The exact location of each anchor is identified by a child safety seat identification button, illustrated below. The button is located on the seat back, directly above its associated anchor.
In the rear, install ISOFIX/i-Size child safety seats in the outboard seating positions only. Use only a seat belt retained seat in the center position.
To install a ISOFIX/i-Size child safety seat, carefully read and follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the child restraint system. These instructions describe how to slide the child restraint system onto the seat's anchor bars until you hear it "click" into place. You may need to push the child restraint system firmly against the seat back to ensure it fits snugly.
Adjust until the child restraint system is fitted firmly against the seat back. Ensure the child restraint system fits snugly.
Before seating a child, ensure that the child restraint system is securely installed. Grasp the front of the child restraint system with one hand on each side, and attempt to:
- Twist the child restraint system from side to side.
- Pull the child restraint system away from the seat.
If the child restraint system moves away from the seat, both latches are not fully engaged onto the seat's anchor bars. You must reinstall it and try again. It is critical that both latches on the child restraint system are fully engaged.
Attaching Upper Tether Straps
If an upper tether strap is provided, attach its hook to the anchor point located on the back of the rear seats.
For dual-strap tethers, position a strap on each side of the head support.
Testing a Child Safety Seat
Before seating a child, always make sure the child safety seat is not loose:
- Hold the child safety seat by the belt path and try to slide the safety seat from side to side and front to back.
- If the seat moves more than 2.5 cm, it is too loose. Tighten the belt or reconnect the ISOFIX/i-Size retained child safety seat.
- If you are unable to reduce slack, try a different seat location or try another child safety seat.