Tesla Model 3 earns five-star safety rating across the board

Tesla Model 3 earns perfect 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA

That became crystal-clear in May, when the automaker promptly responded to tests conducted by Consumer Reports. In a recent note, Toni Sacconaghi of Bernstein, who is known to be critical of Tesla in the past, stated that there is simply "no credible competition" for the Model 3 until 2020.

In late September, the EV maker got more good news - this time, from federal safety regulators.

The Tesla Model 3 has aced its first crash tests, scoring five stars across the board on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's assessment. A Model 3 involved in a head-on collision at 60 miles per hour earlier this year also resulted in the driver walking away with just a swollen ankle. 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.

In testing, the Model 3 earned top marks in all three categories. The auto did very well in the testing earning a five-star overall safety rating.

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The ratings provide information about crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles.

Such statements seem to be acknowledged by a number of Model 3 accidents this year, including a high-speed crash on the I-90 tunnel in Seattle, WA resulting from what appeared to be a street race between a BMW M4 and a Chevrolet Camaro SS.

The overall side pole rating of five stars shows how well the vehicle holds up to a crash into a fixed object, like a tree or utility pole. "More stars mean safer cars", reads the organization's webpage. In the case of the 2018 Model 3, you'll find one of the best scores for rollover resistance (6.6%) of any vehicle on sale in the U.S. It turns out the Model 3 defied those speculations even getting the top score in each category and subcategory.

Details of the federal crash tests weren't immediately available Thursday. However, its low-beam headlights (LED reflectors) showed some glare in IIHS tests and were not curve-adaptive.

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