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Tesla Model S: Air bag - Front Passenger's (Remove and Replace)

Tesla Model S (2012-2024) Service Manual / Safety and Restraint / Air bag - Front Passenger's (Remove and Replace)

Note: Removing the passenger's front airbag destroys the instrument panel top pad.

Removal

  1. Remove the top pad (refer to procedure) Note: The top pad is not reused in this procedure.
  2. Remove the passenger airbag from the instrument panel top pad: Either use diagonal cutters to cut out the airbag, or use a pry tool.

    Warning: Store the air bag module with the deployment side facing up. This will prevent it from being propelled if accidentally deployed, which might cause injury.

    Air bag - Front Passenger's (Remove and Replace) Air bag - Front Passenger's (Remove and Replace)

Installation
  1. Installation procedure is the reverse of removal.
  2. Secure the passenger's front airbag to the new top pad
  3. Installing the new top pad requires two technicians: One technician presses down on the LH side of the top pad to secure the LH clips while the other technician presses down on the RH side to secure the RH clips. Working from the outer edges of the top pad inward, secure all the clips.
  4. After reconnecting each harness to the sides of the airbag, press in on the latch so that it is flush with the face of the connector. Gently try to pull the connector out again without releasing the latch to ensure that the connection is tight.

    Air bag - Front Passenger's (Remove and Replace) Air bag - Front Passenger's (Remove and Replace)

  5. Follow the proper glove box reinstallation procedure (refer to procedure)
  6. After all procedures are complete, sit in the driver's seat and press the brake pedal to turn on drive rails. Ensure that the airbag safety indicator light exhibits normal operation: The light displays for 5 seconds during vehicle startup, then turns off.

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