NHTSA gives 2018 Tesla Model 3 ideal marks for crash safety

  • NHTSA gives 2018 Tesla Model 3 ideal marks for crash safety

NHTSA gives 2018 Tesla Model 3 ideal marks for crash safety

Earlier today, the NHTSA posted a few photos of the Model 3 it used for testing.

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. As a result, the Model 3 landed its Consumer Reports recommendation. The first photo below is the aftermath of NHTSA's frontal crash testing, a test which "simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph" and takes account of how both the driver and passenger fare as a result. Even more impressive, Tesla's Model 3 earned 5 stars across every tested category, including frontal crash, side crash, and rollover. The auto did very well in the testing earning a five-star overall safety rating. In the case of the Model 3, the analyst pointed out that the vehicle would likely be unrivaled until 2020, when Volvo releases its all-electric Polestar 2 sedan.

While vehicles have much lower chances of tipping over than they did in the past, the safest cars show a much higher resistance to a rollover crash than the worst in this area. Just like the Model 3, the Tesla Model X received flawless scores in all of the NHTSA's frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests. Model 3 is truly among the elite in this aspect.

Finally, the rollover category measures the risk of rollover in a loss-of-control scenario. It also required "advanced" or "superior" front-collision prevention technology and the top ("good") headlight rating. Still, five-star ratings across the board from NHTSA is nothing to sneeze at. That meant an "acceptable" rating, which will only allow Model 3 to get the second-tier IIHS award at best.