Tesla has always done well in crash tests of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the United States. Every vehicle that the car manufacturer has released so far did better than the competition. The new Model 3 is no exception.
In fact, Model 3 is the car with the smallest chance of being injured, Tesla reported in a comprehensive statement. Earlier, the organization already gave five stars for safety to Model 3. In fact, it got five stars in each category. This defeats the Model S and Model X, which are now in second and third place in terms of safety.
The low center of gravity of the car is seen as an important factor in the rollover tests. With Model 3, the heaviest part, the battery pack, is placed in the floor, so there is no chance that the car will start rolling. The crumple zones, the good weight distribution and many airbags also contribute to the high safety score of the American investigation body.
Tesla adds that the software side also helps, something that is not included in the tests. A safety report from Tesla itself shows that a vehicle with Autopilot engaged was involved once in the 3.34 million miles (approximately 5.38 million kilometers) in an accident – almost seven times less than the industry average.
Tesla has previously stated that it is “3.7 times less likely” that a driver of a Tesla with an accidented Autopilot fatally crashed. The NHTSA assessment was for the Model 3 Long Range rear-wheel drive variety, but Tesla states that it believes that other versions will achieve similar results when tested.