Airbags

Location of Airbags

Airbags are located in the approximate areas shown below. Airbag warning information is printed on the sun visors.

Cybertruck is equipped with an airbag and lap/shoulder belt at both front seating positions. The airbag is a supplemental restraint at those seating positions. All occupants, including the driver, should always wear their seat belts whether or not an airbag is also provided at their seating position to minimize the risk of severe injury or death in the event of a crash.

The location of all airbags inside the vehicle
  1. Passenger knee airbag
  2. Passenger front airbag
  3. Seat-mounted airbags
  4. Curtain airbags
  5. Driver knee airbag
  6. Driver front airbag

How Airbags Work

Airbags inflate when sensors detect an impact that exceeds deployment thresholds. These thresholds are designed to predict the severity of a crash in time for the airbags to help protect the vehicle's occupants. Airbags inflate instantly with considerable force accompanied by a loud noise. The inflated bag, together with the seat belts, limits movement of occupants to reduce the risk of injury.

Front airbags are not ordinarily designed to inflate in rear collisions, rollovers, side collisions and when braking heavily or driving over bumps and potholes. Likewise, front airbags may not inflate in all frontal collisions, such as minor front collisions, underride collisions, or minor impacts with narrow objects (such as posts or poles). Significant superficial damage can occur to the vehicle without the airbags inflating and, conversely, a relatively small amount of structural damage can cause airbags to inflate. Therefore, the external appearance of the vehicle after a collision does not represent whether or not the front airbags should have inflated.

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Before modifying your vehicle to accommodate a person with disabilities in a way that may affect the airbag system, schedule a service appointment.

Types of Airbags

Cybertruck has the following types of airbags:

  • Front airbags: The front airbags are designed to reduce injuries if larger children or adults are riding in the front seats. Follow all warnings and instructions related to seating a child on the front passenger seat (if permitted in your market region).
  • Knee airbags: Knee airbags and the front airbags work together. The knee airbags limit the forward motion of the front seat occupants by restricting leg movement, thereby positioning the occupants so that the front airbags work more effectively.
  • Seat-mounted airbags: A seat-mounted side airbag in the front seats helps protect the pelvis and the thorax region of the torso. The seat-mounted airbag on the inside portion of the driver's seat helps protect the head and torso. Seat-mounted airbags on both the impacted and non-impacted side of the vehicle inflate in the event of a severe side impact or a severe offset frontal impact.
  • Curtain airbags: Curtain airbags help protect the head. Curtain airbags on both the impacted and non-impacted side of the vehicle inflate only if a severe side impact occurs, or if the vehicle rolls over.

Airbag Status Indicator

The status of the passenger front airbag displays on the touchscreen:

Airbag and passenger symbols with text: Passenger airbag off
The Passenger Airbag Off indicator displays on the touchscreen when the passenger front airbag is OFF. When the passenger front airbag is OFF, it does not inflate when a collision occurs. When driving with a child seat on the front passenger seat (if permitted in your market region), always double-check the status of the passenger front airbag to confirm that it is OFF.

To protect an adult occupying the front passenger seat, ensure the passenger front airbag is ON – when ON, a Passenger Airbag OFF icon should not be visible on the touchscreen. When the passenger airbag is ON, it may inflate when a collision occurs.

A red circle depicting an airbag and an icon of a passenger with a seat belt on
The airbag indicator displays on the touchscreen for a few seconds at the start of every drive while checking the following functionality, as applicable:
  • Airbags
  • Seat belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters
  • Impact sensors
  • Occupant sensors
  • Seat belt sensors
  • Passive safety component wiring harnesses
  • Onboard restraint controlled components (ex: accelerometer and other passive safety components)

After this check, the airbag indicator turns off. If the airbag system detects a fault in any of the previously mentioned components, the airbag warning indicator stays on. In this case contact Tesla service immediately. Do not drive the vehicle until the airbag system is inspected by Tesla.

Front Passenger Occupant Detection

Cybertruck has an occupancy sensor in the front passenger seat that controls the status of the front airbag.

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The occupancy classification system (OCS) meets the regulatory requirement of FMVSS 208 and automatically detects when inflating the passenger front airbag would be unnecessary or potentially harmful.
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Seating an infant in a rear facing child restraint system on a seat equipped with an operational airbag can cause serious injury or death.
Object Classification OCS Passenger Airbag Status* Indicator status Notes
Empty OFF PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF
Object OFF or ON PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF or PASSENGER AIRBAG ON Depends on material/contents
Rear-facing child restraint system designed for children up to One Year Old OFF PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF Less than 22 lbs (10 kg)
Forward facing child restraint system OFF PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF Less than 35 lbs (16 kg)
Child in a booster seat OFF PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF Less than 51 lbs (23 kg)
Large child OFF or ON PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF or PASSENGER AIRBAG ON 51 lbs (23 kg) or more and less than 103 lbs (47 kg)
5th percentile female or larger (by weight) ON PASSENGER AIRBAG ON Over approximately 103 lbs (47 kg)
*If the passenger airbag status indicator does not match the situation, do not use the seat. The passenger must ride in a different seat. Schedule a service appointment.
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It takes approximately six seconds after you power on Cybertruck for the occupant classification system (OCS) to report accurate status of the front passenger airbag. As a result, when you first power on Cybertruck, even in situations when it should be OFF because the seat is occupied by a weight of 20 lbs (9 kg) or less, it will take the touchscreen approximately six seconds to display the status, PASSENGER AIRBAG OFF. If it fails to do so, schedule a service appointment and do not seat a child in the front passenger seating position.

To make sure the sensing system can correctly detect occupancy status, eliminate the following:

  • Objects lodged under the seat.
  • Heavy objects sitting on the seat (briefcase, large purse).
  • Objects wedged between the seat back and seat cushion.
  • Cargo interfering with the seat.
  • Aftermarket items attached to, or sitting on or between, the seat and occupant including but not limited to covers, mats, blankets, etc.

These conditions can interfere with the occupancy sensor. If you have eliminated the above possibilities, and the airbag status is still incorrect, ask passengers to ride in the rear seats and schedule a service appointment to have the airbag system checked.

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The front passenger occupancy sensor affects the operation of the passenger front airbags only. The side airbags are not affected.
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If the front passenger airbag is not turning on or off as expected based on the weight thresholds previously described, schedule a service appointment immediately.
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If seating a child in the front passenger seat is legally permissible in your market region, it is the driver's responsibility to ensure that the passenger front airbag is OFF. Never seat a child in a rear facing safety seat in the front passenger seat with an active airbag. DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY to the child can occur. Per recommendations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, all occupants age 12 and under must ride in the rear seats.
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Do not use seat covers on the front seats. Doing so could reduce the accuracy of the occupant detection system.

Ensuring Accurate Occupant Detection

To help ensure an occupant in the front passenger seat can be accurately detected, the passenger must:

  • Wear a seat belt.
  • Sit upright on the center of the seat cushion, with shoulders resting against the seat back and legs extended comfortably in front with feet on the floor. See Examples of Correct and Incorrect Seating Positions.
  • Remain positioned on the seat cushion and not lift their weight off the seat (for example, by pushing their feet against the floor or pressing on the center console or armrest to lift up).
  • Never wear thick, wet, or bulky clothing (such as ski wear or padded clothing).

In addition to the items listed above, the following situations can interfere with the accuracy of the occupant classification system:

  • Incorrectly placing a child restraint system so that the entire lower section is not positioned against the seat cushion.
  • Objects lodged under the seat or wedged between the seat back and cushion.
  • Heavy objects sitting on the seat (briefcase, large purse).
  • Cargo interfering with the seat.

These conditions can interfere with the occupancy sensor. If you have eliminated the above possibilities, and the airbag status is still incorrect, instruct passengers to ride in the rear seats and schedule a service appointment to have the airbag system checked.

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Tesla follows NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) recommendations that all occupants age 12 and under be seated in a rear seat.
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The front passenger occupancy sensor affects the operation of the passenger front and side airbags.
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Failure to follow the above instructions can adversely affect the Occupant Classification System (OCS) which can cause serious injury or death.
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If the front passenger airbag is not turning on or off as expected, do not seat a passenger in the front passenger seat. Schedule a service appointment.
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To ensure accuracy of the occupant detection system, do not make any modifications to the front passenger seat.

Examples of Correct and Incorrect Seating Positions

Correct seating position:

Person sitting in car seat correctly: shoulder and back against the seat, feet on the floor, seat belt on

Incorrect seating position - the passenger's feet must be on the floor:

Person sitting in car seat incorrectly with feet on the dash

Incorrect seating position - the passenger must not slide forward on the seat cushion:

Person sitting in car seat incorrectly with hips at the front of the seat cushion

Incorrect seating position - the passenger must not recline the backrest to a laying down position when the vehicle is moving:

Person sitting in a car seat incorrectly with the backrest in a laying down position

Inflation Effects

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When airbags inflate, a fine powder is released. This powder can irritate the skin and should be thoroughly flushed from the eyes and from any cuts or abrasions.

After inflation, the airbags deflate to provide a gradual cushioning effect for the occupants and to ensure the driver’s forward vision is not obscured.

If airbags have inflated, or if your vehicle has been in a collision, always have the airbags, seat belt pre-tensioners and any associated components checked and, if necessary, replaced.

In a collision, in addition to the airbags inflating:

  • Doors unlock.
  • Hazard warning lights turn on.
  • Interior lights turn on.
  • High voltage is disabled (you must contact Roadside Assistance to restore high voltage power).
  • Seat belt pre-tensioners retract the seat belt anchor and seat belt webbing.
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Depending on the nature of the impact and the forces involved, doors may not unlock in a collision and/or damage may prevent them from opening. In such cases, the door may need to be opened using the interior manual release, or other means of extrication (for example, exiting through another door, breaking the window, etc.).

Airbag Warnings

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Do not place objects over or near airbags because any such objects could cause harm if the vehicle is in a crash severe enough to cause the airbag to inflate.
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All occupants, including the driver, should always wear their seat belts, whether or not an airbag is also provided at their seating position, to minimize the risk of severe injury or death in the event of a collision.
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Front seat occupants should not place their arms over the airbag module, as an inflating airbag can cause fractures or other injuries.
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Airbags inflate with considerable speed and force, which can cause injury. To limit injuries, ensure that occupants are wearing seat belts and are correctly seated, with the seat positioned as far back as possible. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends a minimum distance of 10 inches (25 cm) between an occupant’s chest and an airbag.
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Children should not be seated on the front passenger seat unless permitted by regulations in your market region. Follow all regulations in your region for the appropriate way to seat a child based on the child's weight, size, and age. The safest place to seat infants and young children is in a rear seating position. Seating an infant or child in a rear-facing child restraint system on a seat equipped with an operational airbag can cause serious injury or death.
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To ensure correct inflation of the side airbags, maintain an unobstructed gap between an occupant’s torso and the side of Cybertruck.
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Passengers shouldn't lean their heads against doors. Doing so can cause injury if a curtain airbag inflates.
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Do not allow passengers to obstruct the operation of an airbag by placing feet, knees or any other part of the body on or near an airbag.
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Do not attach or place objects on or near the front airbags, the side of the front seats, the headliner at the side of the vehicle, or any other airbag cover that could interfere with inflation of an airbag. These include but are not limited to: steering wheel covers, decals, seat cushions or pillows, etc. Objects can cause serious injury if the vehicle is in a collision severe enough to cause the airbag to inflate.
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Do not use seat covers on the front seats. Doing so could restrict deployment of the seat-mounted airbags if a collision occurs.
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Following inflation, some airbag components are hot. Do not touch until they have cooled.