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Just learned that the Tesla S (as well as the Tesla X for that matter) is designed with a second row latch system for three baby car seats. This is great news for me, since the only second row cars on the market that have three sets of latches seem to be minivans.

I cannot find the quote, but I remember reading that when using three baby seats simultaneously, the two side seats can use the LATCH anchors, while the middle one uses the seatbelt.

Indeed, very practical!

GM cars have LATCH anchors, so there are definitely vehicles out there with LATCH besides minivans.

I cannot find the quote, but I remember reading that when using three baby seats simultaneously, the two side seats can use the LATCH anchors, while the middle one uses the seatbelt. (jeeps17)

It's in the "Model S Safety Information", page 9:
https://www.teslamotors.com/mytesla/manuals

All cars are required to have LATCH. Very few have 3 sets of lower anchors. The Model S is strange in this way. While it does indeed have 3 sets of lower anchors, according to the manual: "Although LATCH anchorage points are provided at all three rear seating positions, you can only use two at the same time. To seat three children, use a non LATCH-retained child safety seat in the middle."

No idea why.

Ah, I see. It only has 5 anchors, not 6. You can have seats on the right side and center, but the left side and center share an anchor, so you can't have both at once.

Why don't they put the latch in the back where the two child seats is supposed to be? It would be much more convenient. Then you can select the brand and size that suits YOUR children rathr than standard seats that suits no one or very few.

Since we are on this topic.
Has anyone put a rearward facing seat (no2, 9-18 or 2-25kg) in a Model S ? And if so, what type and how is the space for the front seat?

This image came to my mind... No idea whether it helps you any, but it looks nice:

Acura MDX has 3 latch inserts on 2nd row seat.

Nice, shows that there is space for 3 seats at once.

But as for my comment, I was wondering about the legroom in front seats if the chairs face the other way.

@EK -- I haven't tested it, but I do have the same carseat shown in the picture -- the Combi Cocorro. It's one of the most compact seats out there and I bought it to fit in my MINI Cooper.

Rear-facing in the MINI is pretty tight for front legroom. I'm 5' 7" and it was even tight for me. Front-facing was fine, btw.

Since I think the S has somewhat more seat-to-seat room than the MINI (I can't seem to find that dimension though), I'd expect it to be slightly more comfortable. However, if you're six inches taller than me with long legs, it might be tight.

As with any sedan or smaller car, I doubt a lot of other car seats would work terribly well (i.e., don't plan on using a Britax).

You can tell that a baby has never occupied any of those seats :-)
But they sure look nice against the tan interior.

saftsuse;
I believe jumpseats are quite different; these resemble racing seats, with 5-point harness etc. Elon/TM put a lot of attention on them; he has triplet and twin boys!


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