Child Safety Seats
Passenger Front Airbag Must Be OFF
Model S has an occupancy sensor in the front passenger seat area that controls the status of the passenger front airbag (see Airbags).
Refer to the following label fitted to the sun visors:
When an infant or child is seated in the front passenger seat (even when the child is seated in a suitable child restraint system or booster seat), you must ensure that the passenger front airbag is OFF. If a collision occurs, the inflation of the airbag can cause serious injury or death, especially when using a rear-facing child restraint system. The touchscreen displays the status of the passenger front airbag:
Suitability and Fitting of Child Restraint Systems
All Model S seat belts are designed for adults. When seating infants and children, you must:
- Use a child restraint system appropriate for the child’s age, weight, or size (see Recommended Child Restraint Systems).
- Use a child restraint system that is appropriate for the specific seating position in Model S. Each passenger seat supports several options. For details on what type of child restraint system can be used in each passenger seat, see Front Passenger Seat, Rear Outboard Seats, and Rear Center Seat.
- Properly install the child restraint system by following the manufacturer's instructions (see Installing Belt-based Child Restraint Systems and Installing ISOFIX/i-Size Child Restraint Systems for general guidelines).
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 S, 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.
|Stature||Weight Group||Child Weight||Tesla Recommended|
|-||Group 0+||Up to 13 kg||Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix i-Size & Cabriofix i-Size Base|
Maxi-Cosi Pearl 360 with Familyfix 360
|-||Group I||9-18 kg||Britax Römer King 11 LS|
|-||Group II||15-25 kg||Britax Römer Kidfix i-Size (with Britax SecureGuard)|
|100-150 cm||-||-||Britax Römer Kidfix i-Size (with Britax SecureGuard), Britax Römer TriFix 2|
|-||Group III||22-36 kg||Peg Perego Viaggio Shuttle Base|
Britax Römer Kidfix i-Size
When using the Britax Römer Kidfix i-Size child restraint system as recommended by Tesla for children 100-150 cm, you must also use the Britax SecureGuard. When using the Britax SecureGuard, keep the lap belt flat across the child’s hips. Do not put the sash belt under the SecureGuard. For details, refer to the instructions provided by Britax.
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 Belt-based Child Restraint Systems).
- ISOFIX/i-Size - secured to anchor bars built into the vehicle's seats (see Installing ISOFIX/i-Size Child Restraint Systems).
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.
Front Passenger Seat
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.
|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|
Rear Outboard Seats
Infants and children can occupy a rear outboard seat using either belt-based or ISOFIX/i-Size child restraint systems.
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.
Rear Center Seat
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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Lower ISOFIX/i-Size anchors are provided in the rear outboard seats. The anchors are located behind a lift up flap at the base of the back rest. The exact location of each anchor is identified by a child restraint system identification button, illustrated below. The button is located on the flap, directly above its associated anchor.
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.
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.
All passenger seats in Model S 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.
Attaching Upper Tether Straps
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.
For dual-strap tethers, position a strap on each side of the head support.
ECE 16-07 Annex 17, Appendix 3, Table 1
|Seat Position Number (see below)|
1 and 3
1 and 3
|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||No||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.
Summary of Seat Position Numbers
|Seat Position||Location in Vehicle|
|1||Front Left (RHD vehicles only)|
|2||Front Center - not applicable|
|3||Front Right (LHD vehicles only)|
|4||Rear Row Left|
|5||Rear Row Center|
|6||Rear Row Right|