Seating Children Safely

Passenger Front Airbag Must Be OFF

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Never seat a child in a rear-facing child restraint system in the front passenger seat. DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY to the child could occur. Always ensure this airbag is OFF (see Airbags).

Refer to the following label fitted to the sun visors:

Airbag warning label located on the sun visor with 1) a child seat depicted in front seat with a red circle-backslash 2) a deployed airbag with a rear-facing child seat and child 3) a hand pointing to an open book with an "I"

To disable the passenger front airbag, touch Controls > Safety > Passenger Front Airbag (see Airbags).

The status of the passenger front airbag displays in the top corner of the touchscreen:

Icon of passenger with airbag and text: Passenger airbag OFF
Before driving with a child seat on the front passenger seat, always double-check the status of the passenger front airbag to confirm that it is OFF.
Icon of child in child seat with circle-backslash and text: Passenger airbag ON
To protect an adult subsequently occupying the front passenger seat, remember to turn the passenger front airbag back ON.
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It is the driver's responsibility to confirm that the passenger front airbag is OFF when a child is seated in the front passenger seat.
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If the status of the passenger front airbag does not match the conditions above, contact Tesla immediately.

Suitability and Fitting of Child Restraint Systems

All Model X seat belts are designed for adults. When seating infants and children, you must:

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If your Model X is equipped with second row monopost seats, disable Easy Entry into the third row whenever installing a child seat in the second row (see Accessing Third Row Seats (if equipped) - Monopost Seating).
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If your Model X is equipped with bench seats, disable Easy Entry into the first row whenever installing a child seat in the second row (see Accessing Third Row Seats (if equipped) - Bench Seating).
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Before driving after installing a child seat in the second row, ensure that a "seat unlocked" warning does NOT display on the touchscreen or instrument panel. This warning indicates that the seat is unsafe for an occupant because it was not returned to its safe, locked position. If the touchscreen or instrument panel displays the warning message, move the seat or backrest slightly forward or backward until it locks firmly into position and the message no longer displays.

Recommended Child Restraint Systems

In the table below, Tesla provides recommended child restraint systems based a child's weight group (as defined in ECE R44 “Uniform Provisions Concerning Restraining Devices for Child Occupants"). Although all weight groups can occupy any passenger seat in Model X, the type of child restraint system that can be used in each seat can vary. For example, only belt-based child restraint systems (as defined in Two Installation Methods) can be used in the rear center passenger seat.

Weight Group Child Weight Tesla Recommended
Group 0 Up to 10 kg No recommendation
Group 0+ Up to 13 kg

Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix with
Easybase2, or FamilyFix

Group I 9 to 18 kg Britax Römer DUO PLUS
Group II 15 to 25 kg Britax KIDFIX2 R
Group III 22 to 36 kg Britax KIDFIX2 R, Peg Perego Viaggio 2-3 Shuttle Base

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. For children needing a booster seat, Tesla recommends using the base of the Peg Perego Viaggio 2-3 Shuttle. When using and installing a booster seat, carefully follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Two Installation Methods

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Always install child restraint systems by following the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the child restraint system.

Among many other variants, there are two general types of child restraint systems based on how they are secured in the seat:

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 X, belt-based child restraints can be installed in any passenger seat and ISOFIX/i-Size systems can be installed in either of the second row outboard seats. Specific details about the type of child restraint system that can be used in each seat is provided next.

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ISOFIX and i-Size are international standards for integrated anchors used in passenger vehicles to attach child safety seats.
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Do not use ISOFIX/i-Size anchors with child restraint system or booster seats that have an integral safety belt where the combined weight of the child plus the child restraint system exceeds 33 kg.

Front Passenger Seat

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Never seat a child on the front passenger seat when the passenger front airbag is active. Doing so can cause serious injury or death.
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To accommodate a belt-based child restraint system in the front seat, you must raise the seat upward to the mid-height position (raise it approximately 3 cm).
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The front passenger seat is not equipped with lower anchor bars to support the installation of ISOFIX child restraint systems. The front passenger seat is also not equipped with an upper tether anchor.
10 images of the front passenger seat. 1) Green check with "Passenger Airbag OFF", 2) Rear-facing child seat with blue arrows pointing backwards and upwards. The following 4 images have green checks 3) forward-facing child seat, 4) rear-facing child seat, 5) booster seat, 6) rear-facing seat with safety leg and the following 4 images using ISOFIX anchor bars have red Xs: 7) forward-facing, callouts A, B, B1, 8) rear-facing, callouts C, D, E, 9) forward-facing with safety leg, 10) rear-facing with safety leg

When the passenger front airbag is disabled and the seat bottom is raised half way up, infants and children can occupy the front passenger seat using the following types of belt-based child restraint systems:

  • Forward-facing, universal.
  • Rear-facing, universal.
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The front passenger seat is not equipped with lower anchor bars to support the installation of ISOFIX/i-Size child restraint systems.
Weight Group Child Weight Passenger Front Airbag ON Passenger Front Airbag OFF
Group 0 Up to 10 kg Not Allowed Allowed
Group 0+ Up to 13 kg Not Allowed Allowed
Group I 9 to 18 kg Not Allowed Allowed
Group II 15 to 25 kg Not Allowed Allowed
Group III 22 to 36 kg Not Allowed Allowed

Second Row Outboard Seats (Bench Seats)

11 images of the rear outboard seats. 1) Green checks in outboard seats with arrows pointing to ISOFIX latches and an arrow pointing to strap location, 2) rear-facing child seat and arrows pointing forward and upwards on the front seat. The following 6 images have green checks 3) forward-facing child seat, 4) rear-facing child seat, 5) booster seat, 6) forward-facing child seat with safety leg using ISOFIX anchor bars, 7) rear-facing child seat with safety leg using ISOFIX i-Size anchor bars, 8) close-up of safety leg, 9) forward-facing child seat using ISOFIX anchor bars and callouts A, B, B1, 10) rear-facing child seat using ISOFIX anchor bars and callouts C, D, E, 11) left-facing lateral carrycot with L1 callout

Infants and children can occupy a second row outboard seat using either belt-based, or ISOFIX (IU), or i-Size (i-U) child restraint systems. The second row outboard seats support the use of the following ISOFIX size classes:

  • Size class A*, B, and B1 forward-facing.
  • Size class C*, D and E rear-facing.
  • Size class L1 left-facing lateral carrycot.

Larger children can also occupy a rear outboard seat using a Type B2 or B3 booster seat, attached as described in the instructions provided by the child restraint system manufacturer.

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To accommodate large rear-facing ISOFIX child restraint systems (size class C), you may need to move the seat in the full rearward position, and move the corresponding front seat forward to the mid-track position (up to 13 cm forward of the rearmost position), raise the seat upward (3 cm from its lowest position), and angle the seat back to 15 degrees (or 10 degrees rearward from its forward-most position).
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The second row outboard seats support the use of upper tether straps (see Attaching Upper Tether Straps).
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All weight groups are supported.
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Do not use Easy Entry (as described in Driver Profiles) to automatically move the driver's seat to the full rearward position if a child safety seat is installed on the rear seat located behind the driver's seat. With reduced clearance, the movement of the seat may impact a child's legs, cause injury, or dislodge the seat.
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Before driving after installing a child seat in the second row, ensure that a "seat unlocked" warning does NOT display on the touchscreen or instrument panel. This warning indicates that the seat is unsafe for an occupant because it was not returned to its safe, locked position. If the touchscreen or instrument panel displays the warning message, move the seat or backrest slightly forward or backward until it locks firmly into position and the message no longer displays.

Second Row Outboard Seats (Monopost Seats)

10 images of the rear outboard seats. 1) Green checks in outboard seats with arrows pointing to ISOFIX latches and an arrow pointing to strap location, 2) rear-facing child seat and arrows pointing forward and upwards on the front seat. The following 8 images have green checks 3) forward-facing child seat, 4) rear-facing child seat, 5) booster seat, 6) forward-facing child seat using ISOFIX anchor bars and callouts A, B, B1, 7) rear-facing child seat using ISOFIX anchor bars and callouts C, D, E, 8) close-up of safety leg, 9) forward-facing child seat using ISOFIX anchor bars with safety leg, 10) rear-facing child seat using ISOFIX anchor bars with safety leg

Infants and children can occupy a second row outboard seat using either belt-based or ISOFIX child restraint systems. You can use forward-facing and rear-facing belt-based, ISOFIX, or i-Size (i-U) child restraint systems in a second row outboard seat. The second row outboard seats support the use of the following ISOFIX size classes:

  • Size class A*, B, and B1 forward-facing.
  • Size class C*, D and E rear-facing.

Larger children can also occupy a second row outboard seat using a Type B2 or B3 booster seat, attached as described in the instructions provided by the child restraint system manufacturer.

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To accommodate large rear-facing ISOFIX child restraint systems (size class C), you may need to move the seat in the full rearward position, and move the corresponding front seat forward to the mid-track position (up to 13 cm forward of the rearmost position), raise the seat upward (3 cm from its lowest position), and angle the seat back to 15 degrees (or 10 degrees rearward from its forward-most position).
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The second row outboard seats support the use of upper tether straps (see Attaching Upper Tether Straps).
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All weight groups are supported.
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Do not use Easy Entry (as described in Driver Profiles) to automatically move the driver's seat to the full rearward position if a child safety seat is installed on the rear seat located behind the driver's seat. With reduced clearance, the movement of the seat may impact a child's legs, cause injury, or dislodge the seat.
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For vehicles with third row seats, when a child is seated in a second row monopost seat, the setting for the button that moves a second row outboard seat forward for easy access into the third row should be OFF (touchControls > Seats > Easy Entry). This ensures that you need to manually hold the button to move the seat, preventing a child seated in the second row from being pushed against the corresponding front seat. See Accessing Third Row Seats (if equipped) - Monopost Seating).
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Before driving after installing a child seat in the second row, ensure that a "seat unlocked" warning does NOT display on the touchscreen or instrument panel. This warning indicates that the seat is unsafe for an occupant because it was not returned to its safe, locked position. If the touchscreen or instrument panel displays the warning message, move the seat or backrest slightly forward or backward until it locks firmly into position and the message no longer displays.

Second Row Center Seat (Bench or Monopost)

11 images of the rear center seat. 1) 2 images on center seat with green check, 2) Rear-facing child seat and arrows pointing forward and upwards on the front seat. The following 4 images have green checks 3) forward-facing child seat, 4) rear-facing child seat, 5) booster seat, 6) close-up of safety leg. The following 4 images have red Xs 7) forward-facing child seat using ISOFIX anchor bars and callouts A, B, B1, 8) rear-facing child seat using ISOFIX anchor bars and callouts C, D, E, 9) forward-facing child seat using ISOFIX anchor bars and safety leg, 10) rear-facing child seat using ISOFIX anchor bars and safety leg

Infants can occupy the rear center seat using a rear-facing belt-based child restraint system. Children can occupy the rear center seat using either a rear-facing or a forward-facing belt-based child restraint system..

Larger children can occupy the second row center seat using a Type B2 or B3 booster seat, attached as described in the instructions provided by the child restraint system manufacturer.

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The second row center seat is not equipped with lower anchor bars to support the installation of ISOFIX child restraint systems.
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All weight groups are supported.
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For vehicles with third row seats, do not use the button located on the backrest of a second row outboard bench seat when a child is seated in the second row. Using the button tilts and moves the combined left and center seats forward and can squeeze the occupant. Do not rely on Model X to recognize or accommodate occupants seated in the vehicle while using this button. Use this button only when the second row seats are unoccupied. See Accessing Third Row Seats (if equipped) - Bench Seating.
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Before driving after installing a child seat in the second row, ensure that a "seat unlocked" warning does NOT display on the touchscreen or instrument panel. This warning indicates that the seat is unsafe for an occupant because it was not returned to its safe, locked position. If the touchscreen or instrument panel displays the warning message, move the seat or backrest slightly forward or backward until it locks firmly into position and the message no longer displays.

Third Row Seats

10 images of the third row seats. 1) Green checks in seats with arrows pointing to ISOFIX latches and an arrow pointing to strap location, 2) Rear-facing child seat and arrows pointing forward and upwards on the front seat. The following 3 images have green checks 3) forward-facing child seat, 4) rear-facing child seat, 5) booster seat and the remaining images have red Xs 6) close-up of safety leg, 7) forward-facing child seat with safety leg using ISOFIX anchor bars, 8) rear-facing child seat with safety leg using ISOFIX anchor bars, 9) rear-facing child seat using ISOFIX anchor bars, 10) forward-facing child seat using ISOFIX anchor bars

Infants and children can occupy a third row seat using a belt-based child restraint system.

Larger children can also occupy a third row seat using a Type B2 booster attached as described in the instructions provided by the child restraint system manufacturer.

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To accommodate a large rear-facing child restraint, you may need to move the corresponding second row seats forward, and angle the seat back to the forward-most position to make room for the child restraint.
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The third row seats are not equipped with lower anchor bars to support the installation of ISOFIX child restraint systems.
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All weight groups are supported.

Installing Belt-based Child Restraint Systems

Always follow the detailed instructions provided by the manufacturer of the child restraint system. Follow these general guidelines for belt-based child restraint systems:

  • Ensure that the child restraint system is appropriate for the weight, height, and age of the child.
  • Avoid dressing the child in bulky clothing.
  • Do not place any objects between the child and the child restraint system.
  • Adjust the child restraint system's harnesses for every child, every trip.
  1. Place the child restraint system in the appropriate seat and fully extend the seat belt. Route and buckle the seat belt in accordance with the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the child restraint system.
    A child safety seat buckled into a passenger seat using the vehicle's seat belt.
  2. Allow the seat belt to retract, and remove all slack in the seat belt while firmly pushing the child restraint system into the vehicle's seat.
  3. Attach the upper tether strap(s), as required by the manufacturer of the child restraint system (see Attaching Upper Tether Straps).

Installing ISOFIX Child Restraint Systems

Second row outboard seating positions are equipped with ISOFIX/i-Size anchor bars. These anchor bars are located between the seat's cushion and back rest. The exact location of each anchor bar is identified by a marking (illustrated below) located on the seat back, directly above its associated anchor bars.

Monopost Seats:

The ISOFIX icon and arrows showing the location of ISOFIX latches.
Two green check marks on outboard second row seats and a red X on the center seat

Bench Seats:

The ISOFIX icon and arrows showing the location of ISOFIX latches.
Two green check marks on outboard second row seats and a red X on the center seat

To install an ISOFIX/i-Size child restraint system, 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.

A child seat sliding into place with a speech bubble with an exclamation point in it, pointing to the anchor bar

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 rotates or 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.

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Do not use ISOFIX/i-Size anchors with child restraint system or booster seats that have an integral safety belt where the combined weight of the child plus the child restraint system exceeds 33 kg.

Safety Leg

First and second row passenger seats in Model X support the use of a child restraint system with a safety leg. If the child restraint system is equipped with a leg, extend the leg as described in the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the child restraint system.

Child seat safety leg with arrow pointing down and away from the seat

Attaching Upper Tether Straps

Second and third row seats support the use of upper tether straps. When the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the child restraint system include attaching an upper tether strap, attach its hook to the anchor point located behind the associated seat.

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Tighten upper tether straps according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the child restraint system.

The anchor points for tether straps are located on the back of the second and third row seats.

For dual-strap tethers, position a strap on each side of the head restraint.

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When routing tether straps, keep the strap close to the headrest as illustrated below. On a Model X equipped with third row seats, do not allow a tether strap to cover the third row access button on the rear shoulder of the seat.
Green strap close to headrest with a green check and red strap with red X covering access button on seat
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USE ONLY SEAT BELT RETAINED CHILD SAFETY SEATS IN THE CENTER SEATING POSITION.

Dual Straps - Second Row Monopost Seats:

Location of anchor points behind the second row seats

Dual Straps - Second Row Bench Seats:

Location of anchor points behind the second row seats

Dual Straps - Third Row Seats

Location of anchor points behind the third row seats

Single Strap - Second Row Monopost Seats:

For single-strap tethers, position the strap in the outboard seating positions over the outside-facing side of the head restraint (the same side of the head restraint as the seat belt retraction mechanism). In the center seating position (if equipped), center and position the strap over the top of the head restraint.

Location of anchor points behind the second row seats

Single Strap - Second Row Bench Seats:

For single-strap tethers, position the strap in the outboard seating positions over the outside-facing side of the head restraint (the same side of the head restraint as the seat belt retraction mechanism). In the center seating position (if equipped), center and position the strap over the top of the head restraint.

Location of anchor points behind the second row seats
Location of anchor points behind third row seats

Technical Information

ECE 16-07 Annex 17, Appendix 3, Table 1

Seat Position Number (see below)

1 and 3
Pass Airbag OFF

1 and 3
Pass Airbag ON

4 5 6 7 9
Weight Groups Allowed 0, 0+, I, II, III No 0, 0+, I, II, III 0, 0+, I, II, III 0, 0+, I, II, III 0, 0+, I, II, III 0, 0+, I, II, III
Suitable for universal belted? Yes (*1) No Yes Yes Yes Yes (*4) Yes (*4)
Suitable for i-Size? No No Yes No Yes No No
Suitable for lateral (L1/L2)? No No L1 (*3) No No No No
Largest suitable rear-facing ISOFIX (R1/R2X/R2/R3). No No R3 (*2) No R3 (*2) No (*5) No (*5)
Largest suitable forward-facing ISOFIX (F1/F2X/F2/F3). No No F3 No F3 No (*5) No (*5)
Largest suitable booster seat (B2/B3). B3 No B3 (*6) B3 (*6) B3 (*6) B2 B2
Suitable for safety leg? Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
*NOTES:

1. To accommodate a seat belt-retained Child Restraint System in the front seat, adjust the seat upward to the mid-height position.
2. To accommodate an ISOFIX Child Restraint System in a second or third row seat, adjust the corresponding seat in front of it to the mid-track position. Angle the backrest 15 degrees from its forward-most position. Front seat only - adjust the seat cushion upwards 3 cm from its lowest position.
3. A carrycot may be used on the left side of a second row bench seat, not on monopost seats.
4. When a universal belted child restraint system is installed in the third row, the outboard and center seats in the second row cannot be used.
5. Third row ISOFIX is available in cars manufactured before October 2019.
6. Two B3 or three B2 booster seats may be used in the outboard positions.

Adult safety belt buckles are not located laterally between ISOFIX anchor bars in any given seat.

Summary of Seat Position Numbers

Seat Position Location in Vehicle
1 Front Left (RHD vehicles only)
3 Front Right (LHD vehicles only)
4 Second Row Left
5 Second Row Center
6 Second Row Right
7 Third Row Left (Optional)
9 Third Row Right (Optional)

Child Restraint System Warnings

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Never use a rearward facing child restraint system on a seat protected by an active passenger front airbag. Doing so can cause serious injury or death. Refer to the warning label located on the sun visor.
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Some child restraint systems are designed to be secured in vehicle seats by lap belts or the lap belt portion of a lap-shoulder belt. Children could be endangered in a crash if their child restraint systems are not properly secured in the vehicle.
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Do not use a forward-facing child restraint system until your child weighs over 9 kg (20 lbs.) and can sit independently. Up to the age of two, a child's spine and neck are not sufficiently developed to avoid injury in a frontal impact.
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Do not allow a baby or infant to be held on a lap. All children should be restrained in an appropriate child restraint system at all times.
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To ensure children are safely seated, follow all instructions provided in this document and by the manufacturer of the child restraint system.
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Children should ride in a rear-facing child restraint system using the seat’s integrated 5-point harness for as long as possible until they reach the maximum size or weight limit of the rear-facing child restraint system.
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When seating larger children, make sure the child's head is supported and the child’s seat belt is properly adjusted and fastened. The shoulder portion of the belt must be away from the face and neck, and the lap portion must not be over the stomach.
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Never attach two child restraint systems to one anchor point. In a collision, one anchor point may be incapable of securing both seats.
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Child restraint anchor bars are designed to withstand only those loads imposed by correctly fitted child restraints. Under no circumstances are they to be used for adult seat belts, harnesses, or for attaching other items or equipment to the vehicle.
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Always check harnesses and tether straps for damage and wear.
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Never leave a child unattended, even if the child is secured in a child restraint system.
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Never use a child restraint system that has been involved in a collision. Discard the seat and have it replaced as described in the child restraint system manufacturer’s instructions.