Tesla Model S Owners & Service Manuals

Tesla Model S: Types of Airbags

Model S has the following types of airbags:

  •  Front airbags: The front airbags are designed to reduce injuries if larger children or adults are riding in the front seats. Follow all warnings and instructions related to seating a child on the front passenger seat (if permitted in your market region).
  •  Knee airbags: Knee airbags and the front airbags work together. The knee airbags limit the forward motion of the front seat occupants by restricting leg movement, thereby positioning the occupants so that the front airbags work more effectively.
  •  Side airbags: Side airbags protect the thorax region of the torso and the pelvis. They inflate only if a severe side impact occurs. Side airbags on the non- impacted side of the vehicle do not inflate.
  •  Curtain airbags: Curtain airbags help protect the head. Curtain airbags on both the impacted and non- impacted side of the vehicle inflate only if a severe side impact occurs, or if the vehicle rolls over.

Passenger Front Airbag Status

The status of the passenger front airbag displays on the touchscreen:

The Passenger Airbag Off indicator displays on the touchscreen when the passenger front airbag is OFF. When the passenger front airbag is OFF, it does not inflate when a collision occurs. This indicator does not display when the seat is unoccupied.

To protect an adult occupying the front passenger seat, ensure the passenger front airbag is ON. When the passenger airbag is ON, it may inflate when a collision occurs.

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     Controlling the Passenger Front Airbag

    Model S has an occupancy sensor in the front passenger seat that controls the status of the front airbag. NOTE: The occupancy classification system (OCS) meets the regulatory requirement of FMVSS 20

     Ensuring Accurate Occupant Classification

    To help ensure an occupant in the front passenger seat can be accurately classified, the passenger must: Wear a seat belt. Sit upright on the center of the seat cushion, with shoulders resting a

     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 s

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     Park

    Model S automatically shifts into Park whenever it determines that you are exiting the vehicle. For example, the driver's seat belt is unbuckled and the vehicle is stopped. Model S also automatically shifts into Park when the driver's door is opened or if no action is taken within one minute of

     Module - HomeLink Transmitter (Remove and Replace)

    Removal Remove the front fascia (refer to procedure). Disconnect the HomeLink transmitter module from the wiring harness. Release the clips (x2) that secure the HomeLink transmitter module to the bracket. Re

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