Submitted by Bryan Larsen on March 20, 2011
I love the makeup of the 5+2 design of the Model S. Right now I'm shopping for a vehicle that can hold 3 adults and 2 car seats, and the only things that work well are minivans, the R-class and really wide 5 passenger vehicles like extended cab pickup trucks. Even most 7-8 passenger SUV's don't work -- with 2 car seats in the middle row, the back seats become inaccessible.
1) Do the rear jump seats have LATCH attachment points for child seats? Is it safe to put a 2 year old in a car seat in the rear seat?
2) In Ontario, the law says that any kid that is 8 years old or younger and less than 80 pounds has to be in a car seat or a booster seat. It seems to me that the jump seat, being specifically designed for children, should meet this requirement without the booster.
3) How safe are they really in the back seat? Right now my toddler in a rear facing car seat in the middle of the backseat of my 328 is far more likely to survive any sort of collision than I am. Would the jump seats be comparable?