Tesla claims Model 3 is the safest car ever after getting perfect 5 stars from NHTSA

Article by Christian A., on October 9, 2018

The charm of Tesla Motors’ vehicle offering lies in the fact that they offer a high level of performance with zero emissions. However, Tesla also wants its cars to be remembered as some of the safest vehicles in the automotive world. Just recently, Tesla is claiming that its Model 3 midsize sedan offers the best chance for passengers to avoid serious injury in case of a collision.

On its Twitter account, Tesla said its Model 3 boasts of having the lowest probability of causing injury of all cars that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has ever tested. Tesla noted that the Model 3 managed to receive a perfect 5-star safety rating in all categories – including sub-categories. Tesla had previously boasted that they expect the new Model 3 to have the lowest probability of personal injury than any other car.

The carmaker went on to say that the Tesla Model S electric sedan and the Tesla Model X electric crossover ranked second and third, respectively, on the list of cars with lowest probability of causing passenger injury as tested by the NHTSA.

According to NHTSA’s Web site, the 2018 Tesla Model 3 (four-door rear-wheel drive unit) received an overall safety rating of five stars, which is the maximum any car can get. It also scored five stars in three categories and their respective sub-categories. The Overall Front star rating, which combines the Driver and Passenger star ratings – involves subjecting a vehicle to a frontal barrier test that simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles that are moving at speeds of 35 mph. meanwhile, the Overall Side star rating combines the Side Barrier and Side Pole star ratings. The Rollover star rating involves a Rollover Resistance test that measures the risk of rollover when the driver losses control of the vehicle.

According to a spokesperson at Tesla, the test results from NHTSA show that if a real crash happens while one is driving a Tesla, he or she has the best chance of avoiding serious injury.

In its Twitter post, Tesla said that collisions simulated in the tests made by NHTSA won't likely occur in real life because of the autonomous driving capabilities of the Model 3. For instance, the batteries of the Model 3 strategically located below its floor, resulting to a 50/50 weight distribution that helps keep the electric sedan as stable as possible. Furthermore, this near-perfect weight distribution helps reduce rotational kinetic energy in case of a bump.

Tesla noted that cars driven with the Autopilot on would crash every 3.34 million miles. This is much better than the industry standard, which is one crash every 492,000 miles. It added that in the event the Model 3 would crash, its internal structure can absorb as much impact as possible.

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