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Secure Second Row Seatback Warning, 7 Seater

Bigriver

Member
Mar 2, 2018
410
344
Pittsburgh, PA
When I fold my second row seats flat by simply using the mechanical lever on the side of the seat (as instructed in the owners manual), I usually get the following notification when I prepare to drive. After I put my foot on the brake and enter my PIN, while still in park:

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Then when I put it in reverse to back out of the garage, I get the following warning, same wording but in blaring red with a rather unpleasant loud beeping apparently to point out that I’ve done something wrong.

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The warning is about the seatback. Well, it is intentionally down and there does not appear to be any lock/click to hold it down. There is a lock/click to the base of the seat which is firmly in place. When I get the warning, I have tried sliding the base forward and/or back. I have tried hitting the electronic easy entry button, although I know it is not intended for folding the seats flat.

When the second row seats are folded flat, I get this warning most of the time, but not all of the time. I haven’t been able to discern if I’m actually doing something differently when I do and don’t get the warning. The warning always goes away and let’s me drive in peace. Without me touching the back seats, sometimes I get the warning the next time I drive, and sometimes I don’t.

I have identified this as an issue to the SC and they tell me it is operating as intended. I’m hoping the Tesla engineers did not design a red warning and loud noise just for folding the seats flat. I don’t see anything in the owners manual about this warning.

Has anyone else experienced this, or does anyone have any suggestions?
 

davezforce

IG @davezforce
Jan 18, 2017
495
240
NJ
I thought the same thing, Happens to me everytime as well but goes away after a few seconds into the trip while driving. I don’t know if there is a way they can tell if the seat backs are partially not locked in or fully folded so I’m assuming it just normal. As long as it doesn’t do it for the whole trip doesn’t really bother me much
 

mswlogo

Well-Known Member
Aug 27, 2018
6,014
4,627
MA, NH
Mine does that too. I swear it only warned once per "fold" initially. Now it seems once per drive while folded. A little annoying.
 

stadia

Member
Oct 12, 2019
11
8
SF Bay Area
It's working as intended. I was told by a SC adviser this warning was added in an OTA not long ago. Annoying, yes. Something wrong, no. Was it intended to nudge drivers not folding down the 2nd row? What the purpose? I can only guess things in the trunk would have a higher chance become a projectile at harsh brake or collision, when the 2nd row is down.
 

Bigriver

Member
Mar 2, 2018
410
344
Pittsburgh, PA
I’m a bit glad to find out I’m not alone with this issue, but even more puzzled at Tesla. Why would they give us an audible warning and tell us to take a nonsensical action when we have seats folded down? The actions specified would only make sense if someone were sitting in the back seat and the seatback was not latched into place.
 

mswlogo

Well-Known Member
Aug 27, 2018
6,014
4,627
MA, NH
I’m a bit glad to find out I’m not alone with this issue, but even more puzzled at Tesla. Why would they give us an audible warning and tell us to take a nonsensical action when we have seats folded down? The actions specified would only make sense if someone were sitting in the back seat and the seatback was not latched into place.

I agree makes no sense. I think it's bug or a design flaw. Not a huge deal.
It's been doing it since I got my car almost a year ago and I posted a similar thread asking the same thing and folks that had there cars longer also said theirs does it.

I don't buy the SC argument that it's a "feature".

One problem I see is, when something really is wrong I'll probably have tuned it out when someone is sitting in the seat when it's not properly latched !!
 

jtrevill

Member
Jul 17, 2020
25
10
California
I have the 6 seater and occasionally one of the kids will move the middle row up a bit so they can have more leg room in the back. I always get an error up front telling me the seat isn't locked back. I wondered about it as well. Seems odd that it has to be all the way back when it has an adjustment it can make...
 

mxnym

Member
Mar 9, 2018
855
313
Bloomington, IN
I have the 6 seater and occasionally one of the kids will move the middle row up a bit so they can have more leg room in the back. I always get an error up front telling me the seat isn't locked back. I wondered about it as well. Seems odd that it has to be all the way back when it has an adjustment it can make...
This is different. I believe the issue here is that the screen and top-of-seat buttons are only meant for entry and exit, so the seat is actually unlatched from something when they are used. If I am correct, to move the seat forward and not get the warning, you would use the button under the seat.
 

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