Child Safety Seats
Passenger Front Airbag Must Be OFF
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 disable the passenger front airbag. If a collision occurs, the inflation of the airbag can cause serious injury or death, especially when using a rear-facing child restraint system.
To disable the passenger front airbag, touch Controlling the Passenger Front Airbag).(see
The status of the passenger front airbag displays in the top corner of the touchscreen. You can also touch this status icon to disable and enable the passenger front airbag:
Suitability and Fitting of Child Restraint Systems
All Model Y 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 Y. Each passenger seat supports a broad range of options. For details on what type of child restraint system can be used in each passenger seat, see Front Passenger Seat, Second Row Outboard Seats, and Second Row 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 Y, 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 second row center passenger seat.
|Weight Group/ Size||Child Weight||Tesla Recommended|
|Group 0+||Up to 13 kg (12-18 months)||Maxi-Cosi CabrioFix i-Size & Familyfix 3 / Cabriofix i-Size Base|
|45-105 cm||Maxi-Cosi Pearl 360 with Familyfix 360|
|100-150 cm||Britax Romer KIDFIX i-Size (see instructions below)|
|Booster||Peg Perego Viaggio 2-3 Shuttle base|
Britax Romer KIDFIX i-Size
When using the Britax Romer 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. 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
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 Y, 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.
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|
Second Row Outboard Seats
Infants and children can occupy a second row outboard seat using either belt-based, or ISOFIX (IU)//i-Size (i-U) child restraint systems.
Larger children can also occupy a second row 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 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.
Second Row Center Seat
Infants can occupy the second row center seat using a rear-facing belt-based child restraint system. Children can occupy the second row center seat using either a rear-facing or a forward-facing belt-based child restraint system.
Larger children can also occupy the second row 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
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.
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 Model Y 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
If an upper tether strap is provided, attach its hook to the anchor point located behind the rear seat.
Make sure the hook is fully seated on the anchor point.
For dual-strap tethers in the second row, position a strap on each side of the head support.
For a single-strap tether at an outboard seating position in the second row, raise the head support (see Head Supports) and run the strap under the head support.
ECE 16-08 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*||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*||No||R3**|
|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|
Adult safety belt buckles are not located laterally between ISOFIX anchor bars in any 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|