Tesla Model 3 scores 5-stars in NHTSA crash tests

Tesla Model S electric car is seen at a dealership in Seoul South Korea. Kim Hong-Ji  Reuters

But today it is, because the videos are of recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) safety tests, which the littlest Tesla just aced.

The NHTSA conducted tests to simulate head-on collisions, crashes into side barriers and poles and rollovers, and the Model 3 earned the top rating in every category, according to the agency's website.

To get side crash-test ratings, the NHTSA makes two evaluations. Just like the Model 3, the Tesla Model X received ideal scores in all of the NHTSA's frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests.

The Tesla Model 3 received 5 stars in the frontal, side and rollover crash tests.

"NHTSA's 5-Star Safety Ratings help consumers compare vehicle safety when searching for a auto". Model 3 is truly among the elite in this aspect. A five-star rating indicates a reduced risk of serious injury by one-third or more, relative to the 2008 model year.

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We've made no secret of being big fans of the Tesla Model 3, but one thing we've been curious about is how well it would fare in crash testing.

This is not to say that the Model 3's safety ratings have flawless from the beginning.

After the nonprofit declined to recommend Model 3 due to long braking distances, Tesla delivered a fix within the week. Since the vehicle does not have a front-mounted engine and rear-mounted gas tank, as can be found on fossil fuel-powered cars, the Model 3 has extra large crumple zones that absorb energy during high-speed collisions.

A row of new Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles is seen at a parking lot in Richmond, California, U.S., June 22, 2018.

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