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Best location for car seat in a 6 seat configuration?

Discussion in 'Model X: Interior & Exterior' started by roser, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. roser

    roser Member

    Jan 30, 2016
    Burlingame, CA
    In my specific case, my child will be sitting in a front facing car seat.

    Not sure which side is safer.
    I can think of few reasons for either side of the 2nd row, looking for other input.

    Driver side:
    I don't have to walk around the car to get her in/out of the car.
    Would be easier to see her in a rear view mirror, or add on mirror.

    Passenger side:
    Would be easier to hand her things that she might need.
    With auto pilot, I might dare to turn around and look at her, and it would be easier on this side.

  2. Kandiru

    Kandiru Active Member

    Oct 20, 2014
    #2 Kandiru, Mar 11, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2016
    Right behind you for sure. Crash analysis shows that the drivers almost always instinctively protect their side, then the middle of the engineless car will safest from front and rear impact. Ideally, if you had a center seat in the second row, it would have been the place. I wonder if the floor still has anchors or something to attach a seat to in the center?

    Also when parallel parked make it a habit to exit the vehicle carefully then move to the curb side and extract the baby, although it will be harder, daily routine of about 100 time of bending over to touch toes will condition you enough not to feel any discomfort, along with other maneuvers to put you in shape for the 10lb baby and 20lb titanium graphite alloy seat.
  3. pvogel

    pvogel Member

    Jun 23, 2015
    Santa Clara, CA
    Hmm. Don't most T-bone collisions hit the driver's side first in the United States?

    That said, given the amazing side pole penetration test results on the X I'd say your kid would be safer in *any* of the 4 back seats of the X vs. the safest location in any other car.

  4. FarmerDave

    FarmerDave Supporting Member

    Sep 3, 2015
    Central PA
  5. commasign


    Aug 31, 2013
    Davis, CA
    That's scary. There's a whole Facebook page about this too:

    Sounds like the best place to put your child is in the middle row on the right with the front passenger seat unoccupied. Definitely hope Tesla seats are designed not to fail.

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