Joining its larger siblings, the Tesla Model 3 has been given a 5-Star Safety Rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). With this, the all-electric auto maker has received 5-star crash ratings across its line-up.
Of course, the achievement is not entirely new to the firm. Consumer Reports initially denied the Model 3 its coveted "Recommended" rating due to the vehicle's variance in braking distances, which Tesla promptly addressed through an over-the-air software update.
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Model 3's advanced safety tech landed it the top rating for front-crash prevention tech.
Even the 2018 Toyota Camry, a sedan that matched the Model 3's ideal scores in every test, had a 9.9% rollover resistance.
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Although an overall 5-star rating is not uncommon for vehicles, achieving 5-star scores in every category tested by NHTSA is indeed rarer.
Tesla's ability to deliver on production targets for its Model 3 sedans has weighed on its stock in the past, and the company recently acknowledged there were delivery bottlenecks and promised to iron out the delays swiftly. "More stars mean safer cars", reads the organization's webpage. According to Musk, the sedan has the potential to be the safest vehicle ever tested. He took to Twitter to reveal the organization will soon be posting its safety stats which the CEO believes Model 3 could lead.
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The Model 3 follows the Model S and Model X, which have both aced the NHTSA's tests. The frontal crash, which combines front driver side and front passenger side ratings into a single score, simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 miles per hour. That rating combines both crash tests into a single rating for front and rear seat occupants. Musk said the firm would soon be releasing a piece on the physics of vehicle safety that would provide more technical details regarding the features that ensure the firm keeps meeting the NHTSA's stringent requirements.