A couple of weeks ago my sister-in-law drove me around in a Tesla Model S. I’m so not a car fanatic, but this car was off the charts. First of all, this one had the option of jump seats in the back. So two kids sat in the back, facing backwards, able to look out the whole back window. (Translation: it can seat 7.) The stroller and bulky bags we had went into the “frunk” (front trunk). And instead of a dashboard, there’s a flat screen computer! It’s silent, and it’s fast—I couldn’t believe how fast we went from 10mph to 50mph! (From the website it says 4.2 seconds from 0-60mph.) And of course, the best part of all–you just have to charge the car at a charging station. No gas! No emissions!


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Comments (4)


  1. Posted by: Mamacita

    I’ve been trying to find safety information on those rear jump seats for a while now. I could use them in my car, too, but they make me a little nervous. Have you found anything?

    • Posted by: Yolanda Edwards

      I didn’t look into it as it was my friend’s car, but it’s a good point. It is disconcerting at first, but I have to think Tesla has thought about the safety. Or maybe that’s wishful thinking.

  2. Posted by: CMB

    Safety is definitely an issue on the rear jump seat — a friend bought the car, then returned it after learning (the hard way for her kids) that there’s no ventilation back there at all — so those seats are unusable if it’s more than 65 degrees outside. At least Tesla gave her a refund. Hopefully they’ll fix this, otherwise it’s an amazing car.

  3. Posted by: Katie

    The rear jump seats are simply factory installed child seats, similar to the built in child seats of several mini vans. The only differences are 1) they are rear facing, which is actually safer according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and several other child safety groups, 2) and they have a smaller range for weight/height limits, 35-77 lbs and shorter than 37″. Because these seats use a 5 point, built in, racer style harness you don’t have to worry about whether or not they are road legal in your state, as they already meet basic car seat safety criteria. Also, these seats are actually safer than ‘normal’ car seats, as they cannot move around from side to side, as improperly installed car seats are apt to do, and the seatbelts themselves are actually attached to the frame of the vehicle, meaning that they are even better at restraining your child.
    Lastly, Tesla has a perfect rating for car safety in every category. No other vehicle on the market has that. It is safer than your minivan!

    As for the ventilation issues, Tesla Model S’ come with a built in panoramic roof that opens. Seriously, just open the windows!

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