Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

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

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

Between the NHTSA results and early feedback from the IIHS, Model 3 should rank among the industry's safest small cars. But that's only half the story.

However, the Model 3 is a less expensive auto which some may expect would have resulted in perhaps a lesser rating. Even more impressive, Tesla's Model 3 earned 5 stars across every tested category, including frontal crash, side crash, and rollover.

With the NHTSA ratings in, Tesla Model 3 got another feather in its cap.

Tesla's ability to deliver on production targets for Model 3 sedans has weighed on its stock in the past, and the company recently acknowledged there were delivery bottlenecks and promised to swiftly iron out the delays. Everything else is present as standard equipment.

Tesla Model 3 earns perfect 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA
NHTSA gives 2018 Tesla Model 3 perfect marks for crash safety

The last picture is from the NHTSA's rollover test of the Model 3, a test created to measure "the risk of rollover in a single-vehicle, loss-of-control scenario". Neither of which are especially easy to get.

The ratings are a relief after months of Tesla crashes making headlines - particularly with incidents involving the company's driver-assistance system Autopilot. Tesla's Model S and Model X had performed just as well. As a result, the Model 3 landed its Consumer Reports recommendation.

The Model 3's all-electric design is a key factor in its safety ratings. Tesla's use of ultra-high-strength steel and aluminum for the Model 3's body structure, as well as the vehicle's floor-mounted battery pack, provide further structural rigidity to the electric sedan. 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.

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

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