This isn't the first time that the Tesla Model S' rear-facing seats have prompted a run in with the police and it probably won't be the last.
Way back in the good ol' days, rear-facing seats were rather common in full-size wagons, but nowadays these "jump seats" are basically a thing of the past. That is, unless you own a Model S. Then rear-facing seats are optional.
The Signal is reporting that the Model S' rear-facing seats led to false reports of kidnapping over the weekend:
"Reports of a kidnapping in Newhall came in to the SCV Sheriff’s Station at 12:49 p.m., but the alleged abduction was just someone loading a child into a Tesla’s back seat, officials said."
SCV police lieutenant Rob Hahnlein issued a few comments on the situation:
“It was not a kidnapping."
“The new Teslas have a weird back seat and when they put the (child) in the back seat it looked like they were putting them in the trunk.”
Not knowing initially if it was a kidnapping, police responded as trained and approached the vehicle, which they located shortly after the initial call into 911, with guns drawn. Hahnlein commented:
“We’re going to investigate (a kidnapping) and detain whoever until we figure out that it is not a crime."
“We’re not Tesla experts.”
Once police were aware of the actual situation, the Tesla owner was released.
Awhile back, similar calls came into 911 and the police response was caught on an at-home surveillance system (see video below):
Source: The Signal