Tesla Model 3’s safety features have been put to test and it survived quite well. The most affordable electric car from the brand received the “Top Safety Pick+” award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In case you’re not aware, IIHS is a nonprofit group funded by auto insurance companies that conduct tests to ensure the safety and durability of the cars out there.
By this award, Model 3 becomes the second-ever electric car to earn a safety award, the first one being the Audi E-Tron that got awarded back in August. Model 3 managed to earn a “good” rating in almost all categories in the test. The rating fell to “Acceptable” as there is a risk of injury to the lower leg/foot in the event of an accident.
One of the fascinating observations from the test results is how the Model 3’s all-glass roof managed to hold up against intense testing. The roof was able to resist over 20,000 pounds of force. To put that to perspective, Tesla’s blog states that’s more than placing five Model 3s on top of the car’s roof altogether.
The automatic emergency braking system equipped in the Model 3 also managed to get a superior rating since it avoided collisions in the 12 mph and 25 mph tests conducted by IIHS.
“The safety of our customers is what matters most, which is why our active safety features and passive safety equipment come standard on all of our cars. We’re also committed to making our cars even safer over time via over-the-air updates, helping us ensure that all Tesla drivers have access to the best safety features available for their cars.”, wrote Tesla in a blog post.
Check out IIHS website here for the detailed breakdown of test results in specific categories. Also, take a look at the crash test videos below.
Side Crash Test:
Moderate Overlap Test:
Driver-side Overlap Test:
So, what are your thoughts on these results? Tell us in the comments.