Tesla’s electric car disappoints in new IIHS crash tests

IIHS Tesla Model test

Tesla‘s luxury electrical sedan disappointed in receiving the highest crash-protection scores in testing by the insurance industry’s safety arm, but 2 other plug-in cars achieved top marks.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety stated that the Tesla Model S, a hit in the high-end luxury sedan sector, couldn’t achieve victory in scoring top scores in its crash tests since it fell short in a few essential areas. BMW’s i3 electrical vehicle lost too.

However two other popular plug-ins, the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Prime, could manage it, were designated as Top Safety Pick Plus vehicles. They mastered front, side and roof crash protection and security of their head restraints. They likewise had good headlights.

“There’s no factor the most efficient automobiles cannot also be amongst the safest,” states David Zuby, IIHS’ executive vice president.

As for the Tesla, IIHS said it made the top mark– “good”– in all respects except for among the hardest tests, the little overlap front crash test which simulates facing a utility pole or other narrow item on one extreme side or the automobile or the other. It was considered “acceptable” in the test.

Furthermore, not all Model S vehicles developed since October, the duration for which the test results apply, have had the software activated to enable them to make emergency stops. In addition, the vehicle’s headlights are too dim.

In crash tests, the safety belt in the Tesla didn’t avoid the dummy’s upper body from moving on, which resulted in it hitting its head on the steering wheel.

Tesla provided a statement, that “we are committed to making the world’s safest cars, and Model S has formerly received a 5-star safety ranking from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a 5-star rating from Euro NCAP. Model S still has the most affordable ever possibility of injury of any car ever tested by NHTSA.”

Tesla likewise stated it is attempting to develop updates to make its vehicles safer. It says it will be including software to enable automatic emergency braking, soon.

The BMW i3 scored “acceptable” and “not good” on head restraints and seat safety.

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