How to adjust Front and Rear Seats on Model Y

Correct Driving Position

The seat, head support, seat belt and airbags work
together to maximize your safety. Using these correctly
ensures greater protection.

Position the seat so you can wear the seat belt correctly,
while being as far away from the front airbag as

  1. Sit upright with both feet on the floor and the seat
    back reclined no more than 30 degrees.
  2. Make sure you can easily reach the pedals and that
    your arms are slightly bent when holding the steering
    wheel. Your chest should be at least 10 inches
    (25 cm) from the center of the airbag cover.
  3. Place the shoulder section of the seat belt mid-way
    between your neck and your shoulder. Fit the lap
    section of the belt tightly across your hips, not across
    your stomach.

Adjusting the Front Seats

  1. Move seat forward/backward and adjust the seat’s
    height and tilt angle up/down.
  2. Adjust backrest.
  3. Adjust lumbar support

WARNING: Before adjusting a front seat, check
that the area around the seat is free of obstacles
(people and objects).

WARNING: Do not adjust seats while driving.
Doing so increases the risk of a collision.

WARNING: Riding in a moving vehicle with the
seat back reclined can result in serious injuries in a
collision, as you could slide under the lap belt or
be propelled into the seat belt. Ensure your seat
back is reclined no more than 30 degrees when
the vehicle is moving.

Adjusting and Folding Second Row

Model Y provides seating for up to three passengers in
the second row. Use the adjustment handles on the
outside corner of each outboard seating position to
adjust the corresponding seat backs. The seat back is
split 60/40 so the adjustment handle on the left side
moves the seat backs for both the left and center
seating positions, whereas the handle on the right side
moves the rightmost seat back only. While pulling and
holding the handle, move the seat back to the desired
position, and then release the handle. Ensure the seat
back is securely latched into position by pushing it
forward and rearward.

To maximize cargo space, each second row seat back
can be folded fully forward to lay flat. While pulling and
holding the handle, push the corresponding seat back
fully forward.

NOTE: Before folding seats fully forward, remove any
items from the seats and the rear footwell. To allow the
seat backs to fold completely flat, you may need to
move the front seats forward.

NOTE: Driving with the rear seats folded forward may
increase perceivable noise and/or vibration coming
from the rear of the vehicle (trunk, suspension, etc.).
To allow you to carry long items (such as skis) in the
rear of Model Y, the center seat back can also be
independently folded forward. Pull the handle on the
rear of the seat back. The seat back unlatches and can
be pushed forward.

You can also fold the second row seat backs fully
forward by pressing the corresponding switch located
on the left side of the rear trunk area. Pressing the
switch causes the seat back to swing forward. You can
then push it downward so it lays fully flat.

Raising Rear Seats

Before raising a rear seat, make sure that the seat belts
are not trapped behind the backrest.
Pull the seat back upward until it locks into place.
To confirm that the seat back is locked in the upright
position, try pulling it forward.

WARNING: Always ensure the seat backs are
locked in their upright position by pushing it
forward or rearward. Failure to do so increases the
risk of injury.

Head Supports

The front seats include integrated head supports that
are not adjustable.

The rear seats include an adjustable head support that
can be raised, lowered, or removed. The head support
should always be raised and locked into position (so that
the center is aligned with the center of the ears) when
occupied by a passenger that is not in a child safety

WARNING: The head support in the rear center
seat must be lowered when a seat belt retained
child safety seat is installed in that seating

WARNING: Ensure that all head supports are
positioned correctly before sitting in, or operating,
Model Y to minimize the risk of severe injury or
death in the event of a collision.

Raising/Lowering the Outer Rear Seat Head Supports

To raise the head support, lift it until you hear it click
into place. Push down on the head support to ensure
that it is secure.
To lower the head support, press and hold the button on
the outer base of the left post and press the head
support down.

Raising/Lowering the Rear Center Head Support

To raise the head support, lift it until you hear it click
into place. Push down on the head support to ensure
that it is secure.
To lower the head support, press and hold the button on
the outer base of the right post and press the head
support down.

Removing/Installing a Head Support

To remove the head support:

  1. Raise the head support as described above.
  2. Press and hold the button on the outer base of the
    right post.
  3. Insert a short, flat object (such as a small flat-head
    screwdriver) into the opening on the inside base of
    the left post and pull the head support upward.

To re-install the head support:

  1. With the front of the head support facing forward,
    insert both posts into the corresponding holes on
    the seat back.
  2. Press down on the head support until it clicks into
  3. Pull up on the head support to ensure that it is

WARNING: Ensure that the head support is
correctly installed before seating an occupant.
Failure to do so increases the risk of injury or
death if a collision occurs.

Seat Heaters

The front and rear seats contain heating pads that
operate at three levels from 3 (highest) to 1 (lowest).

WARNING: To avoid burns resulting from
prolonged use, individuals who have peripheral
neuropathy, or whose capacity to feel pain is
limited because of diabetes, age, neurological
injury, or some other condition, should exercise
caution when using the climate control system
and seat heaters.

Seat Covers

WARNING: Do not use seat covers in Model Y.
Doing so could restrict deployment of the
seat-mounted side air bags if a collision occurs.
Also, if the vehicle is equipped with an occupant
detection system that is used to determine the
status of the passenger front airbag, seat covers
may interfere with this system.