Tesla Model 3 gets 5-star rating from USA safety agency

Galtero Lara
Setiembre 21, 2018

The agency started the five-star safety-ratings program in 1993, and Tesla's Model X and Model S, which has been the subject of at least one NHTSA investigation, have both received top rating in the past.

The ratings are a relief after months of Tesla crashes making headlines - particularly with incidents involving the company's driver-assistance system Autopilot.

In the latter test, the Model 3 earned a rollover resistance score of 6.60 percent.

While many vehicles get a five-star overall NHTSA score, it's not common for a auto to ace every category with top marks across the board. Back in 2013, the Tesla Model S performed so well during the NHTSA's testing, the vehicle ended up breaking the organization's crash-testing gear. The only safety equipment mentioned by NHTSA that the Model 3 doesn't offer is dynamic head restraints. In a post last month on Twitter, Musk noted that the absence of a fossil fuel-powered engine in the Model 3 gives the vehicle longer crumple zones. A five-star rating indicates a reduced risk of serious injury by one-third or more, relative to the 2008 model year. Tesla has worked hard to get Model 3 production underway after facing significant setbacks.

Tesla Model 3 gets 5-star rating from USA safety agency
Tesla Model 3 gets 5-star rating from USA safety agency

This is not to say that the Model 3's safety ratings have flawless from the beginning. With the motor mounted near the rear axle rather than in the hood, the front end of the vehicle becomes a generous crumple zone to soak up the impact in the event of a head-on collision.

A row of new Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles is seen at a parking lot in Richmond, California, U.S., June 22, 2018.

Watch the Model 3's safety tests in the videos below.

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