Tesla Model 3 earns flawless 5-Star safety rating from NHTSA

Lloyd Doyle
September 21, 2018

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 Model 3's across-the-board five-star rating is still relatively rare among new cars, especially small- to mid-size cars, crossovers, and SUVs. Consumer Reports later retested the Model 3, giving it a "Recommended" rating. The first combines "Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating" while the second combines "the Side Barrier Driver and the Side Pole Star Ratings into a Front Seat rating".

The NHTSA's three safety categories are frontal crash, side crash and rollover. The 2018 Honda Accord received similar ratings for safety in federal testing.


To get side crash-test ratings, the NHTSA makes two evaluations. It turns out the Model 3 defied those speculations even getting the top score in each category and subcategory.

In the latter test, the Model 3 earned a rollover resistance score of 6.60 percent.

While vehicles have much lower chances of tipping over than they did in the past, the safest cars show a much higher resistance to a rollover crash than the worst in this area. A five-star rating indicates a reduced risk of serious injury by one-third or more, relative to the 2008 model year. That meant an "acceptable" rating, which will only allow Model 3 to get the second-tier IIHS award at best.

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