Tesla Model 3, the firm's most affordable car yet, has passed new tests from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Model 3 was named a 2019 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ vehicle, the highest achievement awarded by the Institute.
Top marks in all categories
In the IIHS tests, Model 3 was evaluated for crashworthiness, occupant protection, crash avoidance, and headlight systems. Model 3 earned top marks in all categories including a superior rating in front crash prevention, which tests a car’s Automatic Emergency Braking system, and the highest possible rating in IIHS’ headlight assessment.
In a blog, Tesla revealed what made the vehicle so safe.
"Part of what makes Model 3 so safe is its all-electric powertrain design, which gives the car a low center of gravity that reduces roll-over risk, as well as its rigid aluminum and steel passenger cabin that provides exceptional strength to equally protect drivers and passengers. Additionally, Model 3’s lack of an engine is replaced by a large crumple zone that helps it absorb energy more effectively than a gas car would, dissipating force away from the passenger cabin. This crumple zone contributed to Model 3’s top rating in IIHS’ frontal crash protection tests," read the press release.
The tests also revealed the strength of Model 3's all-glass roof, which was able to resist more than 20,000 pounds of force successfully. The safety restraint system also earned high marks in IIHS’ evaluation, partially because of Model 3's seats, curtain airbag and uniquely shaped front passenger airbag.
Furthermore, Model 3 comes standard with automatic high and low beam headlights to help avoid nighttime crashes. The vehicle also has Tesla's Automatic Emergency Braking system which successfully avoided collisions at both 12 miles per hour (19 kph) and 25 miles (40 kph) per hour.
A dedication to safety
In the blog announcing the rating, Tesla shared their dedication to safety.
"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," read their blog.