Tesla Model 3 Sedan Aces All of US Safety Agency's Crash Tests

Marco Green
September 22, 2018

The Model 3 follows the Model S and Model X, which have both aced the NHTSA's tests.

The vehicle comes equipped with frontal collision warning, lane departure warning, imminent crash braking and dynamic brake support. NHTSA also called out the Model 3's safety technology as being top-shelf.

The Tesla Model 3's ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The NHTSA uses its five-star rating to indicate the reduction of risk of serious injury in a crash relative to a baseline of 15 percent, based to the 2008 fleet average for new cars.

Back in 2013, the Tesla Model S not only received a 5-star NHTSA rating, but also broke the testing equipment at an independent lab. Model 3 is truly among the elite in this aspect. Musk also pointed out that the Model 3 has the "best safety of any midsize vehicle". The Model 3 scored the highest possible marks in this test.

A mere three days ago, Tesla tweeted a video demo of the Model 3's durability being tested on a road simulator.

The ratings provide information about crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles. In a recent note, Toni Sacconaghi of Bernstein, who is known to be critical of Tesla in the past, stated that there is simply "no credible competition" for the Model 3 until 2020.

The Model 3's all-electric design is a key factor in its safety ratings. 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.

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