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Tesla Model 3 crushes NHTSA's crash testing with a 5-star rating

21 September 2018

Earlier today, the NHTSA posted a few photos of the Model 3 it used for testing. Consumer Reports later retested the Model 3, giving it a "Recommended" rating.

In frontal crash tests, the NHTSA simulates a head-on collision at 35 miles per hour.

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. The 2018 Honda Accord received similar ratings for safety in federal testing. That rating combines both crash tests into a single rating for front and rear seat occupants. It turns out the Model 3 defied those speculations even getting the top score in each category and subcategory.

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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". "More stars mean safer cars", reads the organization's webpage. Model 3 is truly among the elite in this aspect. The institute, which is funded by the insurance industry, gives the vehicles that score highest on its evaluations the Top Safety Pick+ award.

Details of the federal crash tests weren't immediately available Thursday. A five-star rating indicates a reduced risk of serious injury by one-third or more, relative to the 2008 model year. However, its low-beam headlights (LED reflectors) showed some glare in IIHS tests and were not curve-adaptive.

Tesla Model 3 crushes NHTSA's crash testing with a 5-star rating