Tesla Model 3 gets five-star rating from USA safety agency

Mae Love
September 21, 2018

What's more, a thorough review of the Model 3 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals that Tesla's mass market EV is among one of the safest cars on the road. That rating combines both crash tests into a single rating for front and rear seat occupants.

In the latter test, the Model 3 earned a rollover resistance score of 6.60 percent. The NHTSA tested the Model 3 on frontal crash, side crash, and rollover safety; and in all the categories and subcategories of the organization's tests, the Model 3 performed superbly, displaying a level of industry-leading driver and passenger safety.

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After the nonprofit declined to recommend Model 3 due to long braking distances, Tesla delivered a fix within the week. The frontal crash test involves a simulation of a head-on crash at 56 km/h while the side tests involve a pole test and a collision with a moveable barrier on the side at 62 km/h. The Model 3 scored the highest possible marks in this test. It turns out the Model 3 defied those speculations even getting the top score in each category and subcategory.

Details of the federal crash tests weren't immediately available Thursday. The Model 3 also underwent side pole testing created to mimic the outcome of a Model 3 crashing into a fixed object like a sturdy tree. It also required "advanced" or "superior" front-collision prevention technology and the top ("good") headlight rating. That meant an "acceptable" rating, which will only allow Model 3 to get the second-tier IIHS award at best.

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