Tesla Model 3 Gets Five Star Rating in NHTSA Crash Tests

Tesla Model 3 aces NHTSA crash tests 7 photos
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NHTSA gives Model 3 a five star ratingNHTSA gives Model 3 a five star ratingNHTSA gives Model 3 a five star ratingNHTSA gives Model 3 a five star ratingNHTSA gives Model 3 a five star ratingNHTSA gives Model 3 a five star rating
Less than a day ago, Elon Musk tweeted that “@NHTSAgov will post final safety probability stats soon.” He expressed his confidence that “Model 3 has a shot at being safest car ever tested.”
Not wasting any time in proving him right, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that the world’s most coveted electric car is safety’s middle name and awarded it a five-star rating.

Noteworthy is the fact that this overall rating is a reflection of the car receiving five stars in absolutely every category, and not a single four-star rating is to be seen in the NHTSA Model 3 charts.

When crushed head-on against a barrier at 35 mph, the Model 3 performed excellently for both the driver and the passenger.

When hit from the side, either with a barrier or with a pole, the car managed to perfectly protect the dummies both in front and in the back. The same happened with the rollover test.

The results released by the NHTSA pertain to a 2018 Tesla Model 3 4 DR RWD, but the organization is still in the process of rating the AWD version. Obviously, there’s a slim chance this version will get anything but a five-star rating.

For now, Musk officially say anything about the rating. At the time when he said the Model 3 might become the safest car ever tested, Musk also said he will release a detailed look at what makes Teslas so safe.

“Tesla piece on the physics of car safety coming soon for those interested in technical details,” Musk said in another tweet.

The excellent rating from the NHTSA comes at the time when the carmaker has been under the watchful eye of the media following a series of crashes.

The technology usually blamed by detractors for these crashes, Autopilot, is not part of the NHTSA testing.
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