Video: In Mere Seconds, Tesla Model S 3rd Row Seats Are Deployed and Then Stowed Away


When word of the Model S seating seven first broke, we were shocked.

Less Than 17 Seconds is What it Takes to Deploy and Then Stow Away Tesla Model S 3rd Row Seats

Less Than 17 Seconds is What it Takes to Deploy and Then Stow Away Tesla Model S 3rd Row Seats

How could a stately sedan ferry 7 people about?

Well, it can, provided that the 2 rearmost passenger are over 37 inches tall and not of full-grown size (unless they’re willing to duck while riding).

It took awhile for Tesla to make available the third-row optional ($1,500 now $2,500) jump seat, but now that it’s here, we get to see how it functions.

It’s a brilliant piece of engineering actually, as it can be deployed and stowed in 17 seconds or less.  When stowed, the Model S retain ample cargo space since the jump seats folds completely away into the trunk’s floor.

When deployed, a couple of kids can ride happily along while smirking at the vehicles the Model S left in it s dust.

It’s the deployment and stowage that’s shown in this video and we’re amazed by the simplicity of both operations.  Watch and you’ll see what we mean.

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15 Comments on "Video: In Mere Seconds, Tesla Model S 3rd Row Seats Are Deployed and Then Stowed Away"

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They are pretty slick and would likely not exist if Musk didn’t have 5 kids at the right age to use them. Just a note, the price has been raised to $2500 on that option.

Seems kind of dangerous to me for small children to be in those rear seats. God forbid the car is involved in a rear end collision while children are seated in the rear. Not a risk I would take.


Supposedly they increase the rear bumper strength a bunch when the rear seat option is picked, but I’m in agreement with you on this one. I wouldn’t put my kids in those seats.

Yes…the rear end is reinforced…basically twice as strong when you opt for this

The same thought struck me. I don’t know if I would put my kids back there. Of course, the $2,500 price tag is another reason I’d probably pass.

This function isn’t really that impressive to anyone who has seen Chrysler’s stow-n-go system. It’s basically the same operations, but it has been available for years now.

As already noted by Eric, the rear end has additional reinforcement?

Would you put children in a rear passenger seat of the Volt where they’re vulnerable to a side-on collision?

At least in a side-on collision there is potentially the other rear side door to get pulled out from.


In a side-on collision you’re also more likely to be hit at high speed and you are sitting a very short distance from the door.

The rear jump seats are actually a safe place to be since the occupants will be facing backwards for most dangerous front-end collisions.

What does the Volt have to do with this video? Regardless, yes I’d put children in the rear seat of the Volt. Unlike many cars including a very popular EV it is rated 5 star overall and 5 from the side from NHTSA, and it earned top ratings on IIHS (overall and from the side).

The Tesla is nice, but unlike your name, it is about the money. As for its back rear facing seats I would be comfortable with an older child over 5ft tall in the rear facing seats. Unfortunately, most child safety seats specifically prohibit being installed in a rear facing seats.

A Model S owner told me that the jump seats are themselves child safety seats. They have the harnesses to qualify, but only for kids over the 37″ Eric mentioned in the article.

That particular owner has three kids and the older two (4 and 6, IIRC) always ride in the jump seats, while the infant rides in the second row in an infant child seat. He stated that it was much better than driving their Honda Pilot with three child seats.

I don’t have a Model S or kids and have not investigated the legalities of this, so take the info as hearsay.

Understand people’s reluctance to put their kids in the rear seat, but… the Tesla is extremely crash-worthy, absorbs impact very well, and while a direct comparison may be tough, it’s pure conjecture that rear facing seats for the kids are any less safe than the regular rear seats in a regular 4 star rated vehicle. So, to be fair, we’re likely focusing on trees instead of the forest. If you’re REALLY that worried about your kids, don’t put them in any car, ever.

The rear of the car is designed NOT to crump, so that the occupants are safe while the front of the impacting car crushes, absorbing the impact energy, while the Model S accelerates forward, dissipating more energy.

Now, for those super cautious types, I recommend not accelerating in reverse to 70mph while impacting an immovable object with yours kids in the jump seat.

For front end collisions, I’ll bet the kids are safer in the rear facing jump seat than a front facing back seats, or even the front seat when the air bag is disabled for weight.

Yes…even Tesla has stated that the two rearmost jump seats are the safest in the vehicle in front-end collisions (head on and offset)

Think about how much more distance between the head/neck/back has in between the back bumper compared to popular 3 row of many crossovers. Riding rear facing IS safer the riding forward, and child safety advocates recommend going past the minimum required age/weight before switching to forward facing as long as the child still fits. Due to restrictions on how you can install child car seats, these rear facing seats might not be an option until the child is older. Once they are tall enough to not need a child restraint seat I would have no hesitation in having a kid ride back there. That is, if I could afford to buy the car.

$2500? You could save that money and rent a Suburban for the times you need that many people.