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Tesla Model S: Examples of Correct and Incorrect Seating Positions

Tesla Model S (2012-2024) Owner's Manual / Seating and Safety Restraints / Airbags / Examples of Correct and Incorrect Seating Positions

Correct seating position:


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


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


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


Inflation Effects

WARNING: 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 by Tesla.

In a collision, in addition to the airbags inflating:

  •  Doors unlock, and the door handles extend.
  •  Hazard warning lights turn on.
  •  Interior lights turn on.
  •  High voltage is disabled (you must contact Tesla Service to restore high voltage power).
  •  Seat belt pretensioners retract the seat belt anchor and seat belt webbing.


     Airbag Warning Indicator

    The airbag indicator on the instrument cluster remains lit if the airbag system is malfunctioning. The only time this indicator should light up is briefly when Model S first powers up, in which c


     Driver Profiles


     Chin Spoiler Assembly (Remove and Replace)

    Warning: If the vehicle has air suspension, activate "Jack" mode on the touchscreen before raising and supporting the vehicle. Removal Remove the front fascia refer to procedure. Remove the ankle catcher foam, if equipped.

     Glove Box (Remove and Replace)

    Removal Remove the RH lower instrument panel (refer to procedure) Remove the lower glove box panel by releasing the trim clips (x6). Open the glove box. Remove the 6 screws that secure the glove box.

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