Child Safety Seats

Front Passenger Seat

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The front passenger seat has an airbag that is always ON and may inflate when a collision occurs. Never seat a child on the front passenger seat, even if using a child restraint system or booster seat. DEATH or SERIOUS INJURY could occur.

Refer to the following label fitted to the sun visor:

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"
Icon of child in child seat with circle-backslash and text: Passenger airbag on
The Passenger Airbag On indicator displays in the top corner of the touchscreen to indicate that the passenger front airbag may inflate if a collision occurs.

Suitability and Fitting of Child Restraint Systems

All Model 3 seat belts are designed for adults. When seating infants and children, you must:

Recommended Child Restraint Systems

Although all weight groups can occupy any passenger seat in Model 3, 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 seat.

Choose a child restraint system that meets one of: FMVSS 213, ECE R44, ECE R129, or AS/NZS 1754. For more information about child seats, go to www.govt.nz/browse/transport/car-seats-for-kids/.

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 3, 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
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To ensure safety of infants and children, it is advisable to purchase a new child restraint system. However, if a used child restraint system is necessary, heed these warnings:
  • Do not use a child restraint system that is more than 10 years old.
  • Confirm that the child restraint system was not being used in a vehicle that was involved in a collision.
  • Ensure that all components (buckles, etc.) of the child restraint system operate smoothly and there are no signs of wear or damage (splits, cracks etc.).
  • Ensure the harnesses on the child restraint system are not frayed, worn or damaged
  • Ensure the child restraint system has an instruction manual.

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 for detailed installation instructions.

In Model 3, belt-based child restraints can be installed in any rear 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.

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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 in a rear-facing child restraint system on the front passenger seat. 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.
4 images of the front passenger seat 1) white exclamation mark within a red triangle, 2) booster seat with green check, 3) rear-facing child seat and red X, 4) forward-facing child seat and red X
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A passenger less than four years old must not be seated in the front row of a vehicle that has two or more rows of seats.
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Children between the ages from four to seven can not travel in the front seat of a vehicle that has two or more rows, unless all rear seats are occupied by younger children seated in approved child restraint systems. In this situation, the oldest or largest child can be seated in the front passenger seat using a booster seat and the seat belt.
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Children in booster seats must be restrained by a suitable and approved lap and sash type seat belt that is properly adjusted and fastened, or by a suitable and approved child safety harness that is properly adjusted and fastened.

Rear Outboard Seats

10 images of the rear outboard seats. 1) Green checks in outboard seats with blue arrows pointing to ISOFIX latches and a blue 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 with safety leg using ISOFIX anchor bars, 7) rear-facing child seat with safety leg using ISOFIX 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

Infants and children can occupy a rear outboard seat using either belt-based, or ISOFIX (IU)//i-Size (i-U) child restraint systems.

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The rear seats support the use of upper tether straps (see Attaching Upper Tether Straps).

Larger children can also occupy a rear outboard seat using a booster seat, either attached to the lower anchor bars or belted, as described in the instructions provided by the child restraint system manufacturer.

The rear 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.
  • Also compatible with AS/NZS 1754 child restraint systems Type A, A2, A4, B, D, E, and F.
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To accommodate large rear-facing ISOFIX child restraint systems (size class C), you may need to move the corresponding front seat forward to the mid-track position (up to 13 cm forward of the rearmost position), raise the seat upward (2 cm from its lowest position), and angle the seat back as needed.
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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 a rear seat 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.

Rear Center Seat

10 images of the rear center seat. 1) Green check on center seat, 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.

Compatible with AS/NZS 1754 child restraint systems Type A, A2, A4, B, D, E, and F.

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The rear center seat is not equipped with lower anchor bars to support the installation of ISOFIX/i-Size child restraint systems.

Larger children can also occupy a rear center seat using a booster seat, installed as described in the instructions provided by the manufacturer of the child restraint system.

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/i-Size Child Restraint Systems

Model 3's rear 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.

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 attach the child restraint system to the lower anchor bars.

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

Adjust until the child restraint system is fitted firmly against the seat back. Ensure the child restraint system fits snugly.

Child seat with hand pulling on seat belt

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.

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Do not use ISOFIX 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

All passenger seats Model 3 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

Model 3's rear 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 shelf behind the rear seats.

Location of anchor points behind the rear seats

To access an anchor point, press down on the back of its cover.

1) Anchor point cover 2) Anchor point cover being pushed 3) Tether strap hooking into anchor

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

Straps positioned on either side of the head support

For single-strap tethers on the outboard seats, run the strap over the outside-facing side of the head support—in other words, the same side of the head support as the seat belt retraction mechanism.

Strap running over outside of head support
For a single-strap tether in the rear center seating position, fully lower the head support (see Head Supports) and run the strap over the top center of the head support.
Strap running up and over the middle of the center seat

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
Weight Groups Allowed 0, 0+, I, II, III n/a 0, 0+, I, II, III 0, 0+, I, II, III 0, 0+, I, II, III
Suitable for universal belted? Yes (Note 1) No Yes Yes Yes
Suitable for i-Size? No No Yes No Yes
Suitable for lateral (L1/L2)? No No No No No
Largest suitable rearward-facing ISOFIX (R1/R2X/R2/R3). No No R3 (Note 2) No R3 (Note 2)
Largest suitable forward-facing ISOFIX (F1/F2X/F2/F3). No No F3 No F3
Largest suitable booster seat (B2/B3). B2 No B3 B3 B3
Suitable for safety leg Yes No Yes Yes Yes

Note 1: To accommodate a belt-based child restraint system (CRS) in the front seat, you must raise the seat upward to the mid-height position (~3 cm) and rearward to allow for room between the CRS and the dashboard.
Note 2: To accommodate large ISOFIX child restraint systems (size class C), you may need to 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).
Note 3: 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)
2 Front Center - not applicable to Model 3
3 Front Right (LHD vehicles only)
4 Rear Row Left
5 Rear Row Center
6 Rear Row Right

Child Restraint System Warnings

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Never seat a child in a rear-facing child restraint system on the front passenger seat when the passenger front airbag is active. Doing so can cause serious injury or death.
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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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A passenger less than six months old must be restrained in a suitable and properly fastened and adjusted rear-facing approved child restraint system. A passenger six months or older, but less than four years old, must be restrained in a suitable and properly fastened and adjusted:

  • rear-facing approved child restraint system; or,
  • forward-facing approved child restraint system equipped with a built-in harness.

Infants and small children should ride in a rear-facing child restraint system as long as possible, until they exceed the maximum weight or height permitted by rear-facing child restraint systems.

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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.