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2013 Tesla Model S: It Even Has Unique Seatbelts

March 26, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

As you can see, the seat belt buckle in our Tesla Model S is a little bit different. Having a black release button might not seem like much, but it's a small sign that Tesla went the extra mile to make the Model S unique.

I've noticed over the years that no matter how expensive the car is, the seatbelts are always the same. Whether it's a $15K Kia or a $150K Mercedes, they always have black nylon seatbelts with an ugly, plastic connector at the end.

Now, much of this is dictated by safety regulations, so there's probably not much you can do about the seatbelt materials itself, but surely some smart engineers and designers can come up with a more aesthetically pleasing latch design. In Tesla's case, the designers didn't go quite that far, but at least they finally got rid of the big ugly red release button. Not even Bentley does that.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 1,167 miles

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By zimtheinvader
on 03/26/13
8:23 PM PST

If it is dark and the car is sinking in water I'm thinking even a red button isn't going to 'stand out' or even be seen. Maybe they should make them glow. Or maybe after 55 years people actually realize that the seat belt release is going to be at the end of the seat belt itself. That is what I would guess any EMS person is going to do rather than pause and try to shove you out of the way so they can see the belt release, they know where they are and how they work. And anyone that didn't consume too many lead paint chips as a child would know the same thing.

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